OhÂ Britney Spears, you poor dear angel. When will we finally agree that you’ve made enough money for your handlers and that you can shut down the paper factory and come home for a nice long nap and a soothing Frappuccino bath? Answer: not until she finishes her Vegas residency like a good little girl. Even though she’s so clearly over it at this point that she can’t even muster up the energy to lip sync.
She only been in Vegas since December — fresh off an album flop, of course — but already the residency has been far more notable for its issues than for its performances. She’s so out-of-it onstage that she barely noticed when she danced out of her costumeÂ a few months ago. (Although I can’t imagine how that’s even possible, given how passively Britney is marking through the choreography.)Â She’s obviously not mentally or physically ready to be back onstage, but her team seems to think if they just prop her up there and paint abs on her belly, they can convince us she is.
But even offstage there have been issues, with fans complaining that she seems listless and depressed at meet-and-greets after the show. I mean honestly, these are the kind of buzz words you should be listening for when talking about an orca whale who’s suffering in captivity, not an adult human who’s supposedly in charge of her own career choices. We all sawÂ Blackfish, right?
An things are only getting worse. Of course there have always been the accusations of lip syncing, but we haven’t had real proof up that it was definitely going on besides our gut feeling after watching the videos of her performances. Until now. There’s really no arguing with the following video, which was shot on February 18th as she began the song ‘Alien’. She gets so distracted just walking along the stage that she forgets to even bring the microphone to her mouth when the pre-recorded track starts playing. Honestly it couldn’t have been more obvious.
Eep. Eep eep eep. Just give the girl a break, I feel like she’s burned out on every level, and it becomes more obvious with every video I see and every interview she gives. So sad.
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