Amid a global coronavirus outbreak Britney Spears endorsed the idea of wealth redistribution on Tuesday, leading critics and fans to wonder whether the iconic pop star had turned full-blown socialist.
In 2013, the satirical news website Daily Mash published an article claiming Spears’ hit single “Work, B**ch” was inspired by the writings of Karl Marx. Following Spears’ latest foray into politics, it seems as if life has imitated art.
Spears, 38, shared a quote by writer and artist Mimi Zhu to Instagram on Tuesday.
Earlier in the week, Spears took part in the #DoYouPartChallenge aimed at helping out those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
In her latest Instagram post, she advocated for people to come together and “feed each other, re-destribute [sic] wealth, strike.”
“During this time of isolation, we need connection now more than ever. Call your loved ones, write virtual letters. Technologies like virtual communication, streaming and broadcasting are part of our community collaboration,” the quote from Zhu read.
“We will learn to kiss and hold each other through the waves of the web. We will feed each other, re-destribute [sic] wealth, strike. We will understand our own importance from the places we must stay. Communion moves beyond walls. We can still be together.”
Max Berger, a former staffer for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, reacted to Spears’ post on Twitter, saying he “didn’t expect Britney Spears to call for a socialist uprising, but here we are.”
I’m a…slaaaaaave…for the crushing boot of the capitalist class and I’ve had it
— lights out (@countdown2march) March 24, 2020
Berger, an avowed socialist, quipped in a followup tweet that Spears “may not be the revolutionary leader we want, but she is the revolutionary leader we deserve.”
Some social media commenters were shocked by the sentiment.
“Wow did not have Britney Spears calls for socialism on my bingo card,” tweeted software engineer Valerie Woolard.
Many leftist Twitter users were thrilled.
I cannot fucking believe Britney Spears posted socialist propaganda INCLUDING ROSE EMOJIS THIS IS THE BEST FUCKING DAY. pic.twitter.com/kH8yhcALzr
— Carlos Maza 🌹 (@gaywonk) March 24, 2020
“I cannot f–king believe Britney Spears posted socialist propaganda INCLUDING ROSE EMOJIS THIS IS THE BEST F–KING DAY,” tweeted Carlos Maza, a former video producer for Vox.
— Comrade Slim Thicc (@Sandernista412) March 24, 2020
Other users were more critical of Spears’ newfound political advocacy:
Morons celebrating Fran Drescher and Britney Spears championing Socialism without understanding that both made tens and hundreds of millions of dollars through capitalism 🤔🤔🤔🤔🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄
— T.S.O’Neil ❌ (@tselliot3) March 25, 2020
Zhu, whose Twitter bio now contains a reference to “comrade britney,” weighed in on social media to thank Spears for promoting her work.
Spears has been under a court-ordered conservatorship, administrated by her father, since February 2008, when she was put into a psychiatric ward following a mental health breakdown.
She does not make her own business decisions and does not control her wealth.
Spears is not the only Hollywood celebrity to advocate for alternatives to capitalism.
I agree. Capitalism has become another word for Ruling Class Elite! When profit is at the expence of all things of true value, we gotta problem. https://t.co/7BGZmwLAEP
— Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) March 24, 2020
Fran Drescher, star of ’90s TV-sitcom “The Nanny,” has frequently promoted socialist ideals.
In 2016, Drescher tweeted that without “an exploited working class Capitalism cant exist.”
“We R all pawns of th ruling class,” she said.