Britney Spears Fashions Her Own Spectacle

Was it a conscious decision to make “Circus,” the title track from Britney Spears’ new album, eerily recall “Gimme More” from her blackout-period opus Blackout? Either way, the song’s video has enough meta to choke even the most semiotics-loving grad student. There’s the “Britney leading a dance troupe down a hall” bit that recalls “…Baby One More Time”; a glittery nude bodysuit not unlike the one she stripped down to during the 2000 Video Music Awards; a shot of her self-branded perfume. Not to mention that the elephant’s trunk reminds me of that snake from the next year’s VMAs. (I guess she has enough metaphoric snakes plaguing her past few years for that little allusion to be left as not-so-literal.) [YouTube via stopwhispering]