Voyou Désœuvré

Once upon a time, I suggested adopting Britney’s image as a kind of collective anonymous identity for protests, rather like a more stylish version of the white overalls. In her last video, Britney herself adopted the idea, although admittedly in the struggle against the paparazzi, rather than against global capitalism.

Watch: Britney Spears - Piece of Me

And in her new video, we get even closer to my imagined tactic, with an animated Britney Spears versus riot police.

Watch: Britney Spears - Break the Ice

So, although shaving her head may not have ended up marking her conversion to militant radical feminism, perhaps we can still hold out some hope for Britney the revolutionary.

Comments

  1. ++++++, 6:32 pm, March 31, 2008

    riot police imagery in pop is strangely prevalent in the last few years, no? kind of strange. there’s that foo fighters video from a year or two ago, and i cant place exactly where i’ve seen it, but it turns up in ads every now and then (wasn’t there a microsoft ad recently where protesters faced off with cops in riot gear that had no text at all and just a small microsoft logo in the corner?) its as if rebellion-like so much else-is currently compressed into an unarticulated/inarticulable “feeling” (the 00s will certainly be viewed as the decade of feeling in about 20 years) and so ads can use the feeling to push any old thing on a part of the public that relates to a desire for standing up to the “system” or casting off some chain or something but has never thought through for itself what exactly this means…or britney, who might find the paparazzi or (star-obsessed fans or whatever else)oppressive but hasn’t thought through the conditions that create the demand for a paparazzi and star-crazed consumerism….riot police as some vague symbol for inarticulated, contemporary forms of everyday oppression. Thats pretty vague, I know. Haven’t read a book in months.

  2. ++++++, 6:37 pm, March 31, 2008

    Its as if objectively, conditions are so ripe for a popular critique of capital or the American Way of Life and a popular movement of alternatives, and yet subjectively America is perhaps as ill-prepared as its ever been to produce that critique.

  3. ++++++, 6:38 pm, March 31, 2008

    …so the critique keeps appearing over and over in pop culture like some latent dream image.

  4. voyou, 10:43 pm, March 31, 2008

    its as if rebellion-like so much else-is currently compressed into an unarticulated/inarticulable “feeling” (the 00s will certainly be viewed as the decade of feeling in about 20 years)

    That’s a really good way of putting it. And, although on one level it’s hopeful (there’s something rebellion-like out there, somewhere), on another level it’s pretty depressing, because, at least for myself, I realize that I too sort of accept the “rebellion as feeling” model.

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