Not all celebrities are vacuous caverns of narcissistic delusion sitting high in their ivory towers preaching unity and community while sending their assistants out to buy groceries. And you might expect one of the louder lefties to be the first to break ranks and call for a complete and total upheaval of our capitalist society in the wake of this unprecedented global pandemic. But everything is so topsy-turvy right now, that tonight, the role of Susan Sarandon will be played by Britney Spears. According to The Week (and oh what a one it’s been), Brit Brit’s over on Instagram calling for a general strike and the redistribution of wealth. You want the proletariat to attain its emancipation from the sway of the exploiting and ruling class without, at the same time, and once and for all, emancipating society at large from all exploitation, oppression, class distinctions and class struggles? You better work*, bitch!
Of course, Britney wasn’t quite that explicit about her personal thoughts on the evils of capitalism during this time of global crisis. What she did was re-post a meme by writer Mimi Zhu. The text calls for “connection, now more than ever,” and details ways in which “virtual communications” can bring us closer together, and predicting that through such practices “we will feed each other, redistribute wealth, strike. We will understand our own importance from the places we must stay.” Which words in particular inspired Britney to post, we may never know. It could have just been the Cheeto orange background that she was drawn to. Or maybe not!
The “Work Bitch” singer captioned the post by quoting the text’s penultimate line — “communion [moves] beyond walls” — and adding three emoji roses, a symbol commonly used by the Democratic Socialists of America.
Here’s Britney’s post.
#FreeBritney, and let her give us all of her money, you cowards!
*see your union representative for details regarding schedule and compensation