When the greatest export of Kentwood, Loo-see-anna, goes Cockney, it can sometimes spell trouble. While Madonna spent most of the early aughts sounding like everyone’s annoying roommate with a bad faint British accent because she spent three months abroad in London, Britney Spears took one on as her own during her umbrella-wielding breakdown in 2007, and it was alleged she was babbling and using one backstage at the 2016 VMAs (I’m sure that was just because she was pissed after a producer said they might have Madge introduce her). Brit Brit is back at it these days dancing and “singing” around the world, and she took her latest performance in London to show off how she could pass as a local. Move over, Claire Foy! Someone get this woman a part on the next season of The Crown!
Britney was performing at the O2 Arena on Friday for her Piece Of Me tour. What had me shocked is that she was actually engaging with the audience. I guess what had the Londoners shocked is that she tried to do so with what she thought was a British accent:
I think she mistook a concert stop for the Oliver Twist revival audition room because she asks in a pretty heavy accent for each side of the arena to make some noise, “Are you guys ready? Do you think you can do this?” Clearly, they couldn’t because that side of the room didn’t so much screech as they loudly golf clapped. HRH Queen of Frapps was having none of it and asked “What the hell is wrong with you?” Shame on you, London! When Britney says jump in a British accent, you reply in a bad Southern one, “As high as Gran-deddy did when Granny found him in bed with the moonshine?!”