Oops! Britney Forgot to Care About Politics Again


Britney Spears is often a breath of fresh air in the pop culture world of today, where everything and everyone is expected to engage in a politicized, racially-charged dialogue that would have been balked at in Spears’ heyday (1999-2004). In the face of everything, Spears has remained staunchly apolitical to her core, performing in yellow sequined unitards with aplomb at the 2016 Grammys after Beyoncé delivered a fiery statement about, shall we say, origins, and the poh-leese (Kendall Jenner was not present for the ceremony, otherwise she might have known better about that Pepsi commercial). 

Even to this day, Spears persists in showing a certain aloofness when it comes to expressing an awareness about the world around her (we’ll pretend she never got photographed with Donald Trump and that she didn’t say we should support the president with reference to George W. Bush back in the early ’00s–even though that’s deemed complicity now). That’s probably why she wasn’t really thinking about it when she okayed a scheduled a performance at Tel Aviv’s Haryarkon Park for July 3rd this summer.

The only problem? This was also to be the same day Israel’s Labor Party planned to hold their election. Slated to be held at the Convention Center nearby Hayarkon Park, officials feared this would cause too much of a conflict with security blocking off traffic that could cause major delays to Israeli voters attempting to voice their political opinion via ballot.

Naturally, Isaac Herzog, leader of the Labor Party used his politician’s problem-solving skills to postpone the election until the day after Spears’ show. And that’s the power of an oblivious Southern girl, y’all. Israelis clearly know where their priorities lie, that’s all one can say. And based on knowledge of the past, it’s best to delay all election results and enjoy the last days of pop music for as long as one can.


About The Author

Genna Rivieccio received her BA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. She has received a number of festival recognitions for her screenplays from The Indie Gathering, Austin Film Festival and writemovies.com. She later transitioned to literature after moving to New York and published her first novel, She’s Lost Control (Lulu, 2011), and started a literary quarterly called, The Opiate. Rivieccio’s work has also appeared on thosethatthis, The Toast and PopMatters. She runs the pop culture blog, Culled Culture, www.culledculture.com.

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