Britney's Sunk To a New Level

That's the end of Britney in my house


That’s The END of Britney in MY House

She has sunk to a new level

-Stephanie Elliot

Pop Diva Britney Spears’ latest song, If U Seek Amy, has a “possible secret sex message” encrypted into the lyrics, according to producers at Hannity on Fox News.

I hadn’t even heard the song before this  was brought to my attention, and when I did, I thought, dear sweet Brit, come on, not Brit-Brit? I thought she was finally coming around!

So I listened to it.

And I have to politely disagree with the Hannity producers. There is absolutely NOTHING POSSIBLY SECRET about the sex message in this song.

It’s the most blatant sex message in a song I’ve EVER heard. Originally, when I heard the title, If U Seek Amy, I figured it was maybe a song about a missing girl, obviously, right? Or maybe it was about an Amber Alert, or about a girl who gets kidnapped. Nope.

Here are some of the choice lyrics:

Love me, hate me
Say what you want about me
But all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to “if you see- kA-my”
Love me, hate me
But can’t you see what I see?
All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to “if you see- kA-my”

(Do I really need to spell it out for you? Because check out this clip, and the newscaster in the video does it for you, right from the start)

As news of the song spreads, the outrage among parents is growing.

“There is no misinterpreting the lyrics to this song, and it’s certainly not about a girl named Amy,” Parents Television Council president Tim Winter confidently told Rolling Stone. “It’s one thing for a song with these lyrics to be included on a CD so that fans who wish to hear it can do so, but it’s an entirely different matter when this song is played over the publicly owned airwaves, especially at a time when children are likely to be in the listening audience.”

Do I want my children listening to this? It’s most definitely a song I won’t let my 11-year-old download on iTunes. Do I want radio stations playing this music? Not really. But we’re now living in a day and an age where this is suddenly acceptable. When I was growing up, no one said crap, ass, shit or even suck on television. Now these words are on the basic TV shows all of the time. They are used in everyday vocabulary. It’s standard.

Kelly Clarkson has a hit song out called, My Life Would Suck Without You, and my kids sing along with it. What’s the difference between singing the word SUCK or spelling the F-word (see I don’t even want to spell it here) in a song?

Here’s the difference. Educating our children. As parents, we have to let them know what we will accept or won’t accept. We have to tell them it’s just a song and that it does not mean they can go out and just “SEEK AMY” because that’s what Britney is doing with all of the boys and all of the girls.

There are always going to be songs that have these cryptic sexual messages (remember Cindy Lauper’s She Bop? Did you know it was about masturbation?) and blatant ones (George Michael’s I Want Your Sex, anyone?). We can’t stop the media from producing objectionable music or TV shows.

We can send a message to them by refusing to let our kids buy and listen to such music, but that will only do so much. And we can only do so much to shelter our children for so long. Most importantly, it’s our duty as parents to provide filters to the messages our kids receive and to teach them not to go out and “seek Amy” when it’s the wrong thing to do.

And I have to wonder if Brit, a mom to two young boys, is going to look back when they’re a bit older and regret the messages she’s sending to impressionable children.

Some may argue that she’s not on The Mickey Mouse Club anymore, and that she’s seeking an older audience these days – that she’s not accountable to every tween and teen out there. But if she is trying to up her age range, she’s certainly missing the target by making songs out of the kind of smutty jokes that 12-year-olds like to giggle about.

Stephanie Elliot is an editor for Betty, and she also answers your parenting questions at Just Another Manic Mommy. Visit her at or

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  1. There’s an older song and I can’t remember who was the original band who sang it (I tried to google it but I think it’s been covered), that was called IF YOU SEE KAY) … same concept. Basically, this just proves that Britney is not even ORIGINAL in trying to sneak in her stupid sex messages.

  2. This just shows us how shallow and superficial American culture has become, on the music front anyway. Here is a singer of marginal, if any, talent, who is so overly synthesized on every song she sings that this must be, finally, the last way she can try to grab any attention.

  3. i must say that i disagree with your standpoint – if u seek amy is about the paparazzi and if you listen to the lyrics or even say them fast, it doesn’t sound like what you’re implying. people just want to kick the princess of pop down because she finally has her ish together and they’re bored! seriously, leave brit alone for 2 seconds.

  4. My first reaction was disgust, but the twist toward the end was actually a little chilling. To think of her original Disney-pop-apple-pie persona, and compare to the Britney we all know (or think we do) … it’s tragic really.

  5. I agree i wouldn’t want my children to hear it and don’t think it belongs on the radio, but I think it’s kinda funny and clever (even though done before) for adult listening. I’m sure i’ll end up adding it to my running playlist. lotsowriting, I so strongly disagree–she’s even basically admitted that’s what it’s about.It’s blatant, blatant, blatant.

  6. LOTSOWRITIN25 — ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Listen to the words! It says: But all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to “F U C K ME!” Sure it can be about the paparrazi, but still, she’s blatantaly saying F U C K ME in the song. You cannot say she is not saying that! This is basically the same song as the PIECE OF ME song where she wants to get rid of the paparrazi but then she puts stuff out there that BEGS attention from the paparrazi!

  7. Now that I see the lyrics in front of me, “begging to” kinda gives it away. Even as a young woman who grew up with her as one of my role models, I’m disgusted with her. I don’t even listen to her music anymore. It’s like, how much more ego can you fit into one song, Britney?

  8. Please, she’s hardly the first person to talk about sex in a song and obviously won’t be the last. Britney left the teen-pop genre a loooong time ago. If it took THIS song to get her kicked off your pre-teens ipod…wow. The message is hardly blatant. I’m 31 and it seriously had to be spelled out for me…I don’t hear the same message. Give her some credit…she’s finally getting healthy and she looks great!

  9. i don’t see how anyone can’t see the BLATANT message here. They’re hitting you in the face with it and laughing–because now can the FCC really ban something that’s not a “bad” word? But honestly, who cares, there are zillions of songs about sex–i don’t want my kids to listen to it, but i personally think it’s kinda funny. call tipper gore!

  10. F – U – SEE – K – MEE.

    if you seek a me.

    If you seek amy.

    Get it now? If you seek amy.

    She’s telling everyone to EFF her. Get it CaliGal?

    And Fern, it’s not really a fun song about sex, she’s telling everyone to EFF off. It’s not like the song, let’s talk about sex baby, let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things … Now THAT was a fun song about sex. Now I can’t remember what song that is, but it’s stuck in my head!

  11. honestly, i find it hard for you to make judgements on britney when in a previous article you admitted to hooking up with three separate men in the same night. i’m pretty sure you wouldnt want your children to know about that either. so what if britney’s not a saint. its just a song. you’re obviously not a saint either.

  12. All I hear when I listen to this song is F-U-C-K. And guess what? My kids are four and six and THEY CAN SPELL. I swear like a sailor but NOT in front of my kids. I am totally over Brit anyway–and is it just me or is she starting to sound like Cher in her techno phase?

  13. jesus. leave this talented young woman alone. i have children, and i personally have no problem allowing them to listen. she’s still young, fun, and has more energy than most fat-ass housewives that wish, secretly of course, that they were just like her! can we just stop over-analizing the situation and remember, she is here for our entertainment. if you don’t like her, don’t listen to her, but you all have no right to judge her. she’s better than all of you…

  14. The reporters self-righteous smirk at the beginning immediately turned me off any opinion of her’s. Haha no offense, but you people who are angry about this song sound like those paranoid parents in the 60s who thought their teenagers’ records played backwards were demonic subliminal messages. I really don’t see the big deal, it’s a bit of a stretch, really, and any child won’t automatically assume that ‘If u seek amy’ is anything sexual unless the f word is dropped often around home. Really, this attention it’s getting from you all is more likely to get the kids talking about it more than anything else. It’s not even kids music anyhow, this sounds more like something I’d hear in a club. I highly doubt they’ll be playing it on disney radio or whatever. Even when I was a pre-teen when Britney first became ‘big’, she was never. ever. considered a good role model. Ever. Please, after 2 marriages, a 2 divoces, and a public phychiatric melt down, any parent that’s considering her a role-model to their young children has to re-evaluate their parenting.

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