Today, instead of her bad weave or her exposed private parts, the world is buzzing about Britney Spears' new song.
It's actually kind of catchy.
Spears' new single "Gimme More" had its world premiere on New York radio station Z100's Web site. The song features Spears' trademark breathy voice against a seductive electronic dance beat -- a great club jam.
But what does she want more of, exactly? Is it more margaritas? More hair? More babies?
She appears to be asking for more attention. It opens with the declaration: "It's Britney, bitch."
The pop star then goes on to talk about being in a dark room with someone who she would "go the extra mile" for. She sings that it feels like no one else is around when they are together, but suddenly: "Cameras are flashing while we're dirty dancing, they keep watching ..."
That would be annoying; to be with someone you would like to have a private moment with and no one will give you a moment's peace. But then she says "Gimme, gimme more, gimme, more, gimme, gimme more." So does she really mind the paparazzi interrupting her date, or is she mocking us by assuming the point of view of the insatiable public, which wants to know every detail about her strange and troubled life?
From her infrequent Web site posts, it's obvious that Spears sometimes likes to use her own brand of irony to make a point. She asked her fans to vote on titles for her new album, which Jive says is due out Nov. 13, 2007. Here are two choices: "Omg is Like Lindsay Lohan Like Okay Like," and "What if the Joke is on You."
She also muses, "You'll never see it my way because you're not me."
It's just all so confusing. One minute Britney Spears is attacking a paparazzo with an umbrella, the next she is giggling while the throngs follow her around. One minute she's telling a paparazzo that he's fat and needs to go on a diet, and then she's singing "Gimme more."
Hey, whatever she does, the cameras do keep flashing. So maybe the joke really is on all of us.