Having never been a true fan of Britney Spears, I agreed to
attend her “Onyx Hotel” concert on March 15 at the Pepsi Center in
Denver with my best friend. I have to admit that I was impressed
with the concert and found that I actually enjoyed it.
It was interesting to see the different groups of people, who
varied greatly in age among other characteristics, in attendance.
Sitting a few rows in front of me was a pair of girls dressed in
the Catholic school-girl look from Britney’s first album, while
fans of her current album were wearing barely any clothes
After viewing this concert, I along with the hundreds of
screaming fans in attendance came to the complete realization that
Britney is no longer a young girl but that she has grown into a
sensual young woman. This became overtly apparent during her song,
“Touch of My Hand” in which both Britney and her backup dancers
were moving in such a way that anyone past the age of puberty knew
she was referring to masturbation.
It was during this highly sexual number and the ones that
followed that I was able to look around the room and saw parents
covering the eyes of their young children. In some instances,
parents were disgusted to the point that they removed their
children from the audience entirely.
I have to admit that had I been a parent who brought my young
child to the concert, I would have most likely done the same thing.
Especially considering that in one corner of the stage you had
Britney gyrating to the music in a see-through outfit with backup
dancers in another corner of the stage gyrating with one another on
In all honesty though, I have to say that I actually prefer this
new Britney to the old Britney. So what if she’s not suitable for
young audiences? Many of Britney’s current fans were either in
elementary school or not even born yet when she first made a name
for herself. Britney has always targeted a specific age group with
her music and it is evident that the age group that her current
music is targeted at is one in which we as college students
currently fall. After all, Britney is only a few years older than
some of us if not the same age as many of us. Britney is no longer
a teeny-bopper princess singing about how she’s “Lonely” or
“Overprotected.” Now she’s a sex symbol.
It became obvious that Britney had moved on to a new phase in
her life when she and Madonna shocked MTV viewers with their kiss
at the Video Music Awards. She’s not a little girl any more,
people, and I say amen to that. Britney could only stay sweet and
innocent for so long, but if she expected to keep the millions of
fans from when she first set foot on the stage, she needed to move
along with them. And let’s face it, in this day and age a good
portion of us are all about sex — what is sexy and being sexy.
Honestly, I couldn’t be happier to see this new Britney. I say
out with the old and in with the new, because this Britney is here
to stay, as she very well should.
Ashley is a guest columnist for the Dish. She is a sophomore
majoring in speech communication.