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Ever since her first, navel-baring video for "Baby One More Time," Britney Spears has been trying to convince fans that she's not that innocent. In fact, it wasn't long before her increasingly elaborate videos started veering into, well, soft porn territory. Anyone remember the vid for "I'm A Slave 4 For U"?
Or the one for "Womanizer"?
Naturally, her latest video, for "Work B**ch," is similarly racy.
That's why her recent comments on Amp Radio's The TJ Show were a little… startling. Not the part when she stated the obvious ("A lot of sex goes into what I do.") But the part when she admitted a desire to scale back the extremely suggestive video images -- you know, the ones that have influenced a whole generation of younger singers to push the envelope with varying degrees of success? Like, say, Miley Cyrus?
"Oh my God, we showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video than what is actually there," Spears said. "Like, I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it’s just hard to play sexy mom while you're being a pop star as well. [I just] have to be true to myself and, you know, feel it out when I do stuff."
So the boundary-pushing sex moves of her videos don't reflect the real Spears? It seems that way. When the DJ asked whether music industry execs were "pushing you further than you wanna go," she laughed and replied, "yes."
This sheds new light on the controversy currently surrounding Cyrus, who seems bent on owning the raunchy vibe she has presented in her recent videos and performances. She idolizes Spears, saying: "I remember when the 'I'm a Slave 4 U' video came out, [my dad] shook his head and was like, 'My 8-year-old is going to turn into a stripper,'" Cyrus told Spears in her MTV documentary special, Miley: The Movement. "But I wanted to be hot like Britney and that’s still what girls wanna do in the pop industry."
Those comments sound a lot different -- some might say sad -- when you know that Spears herself isn't so sure about her own, sexually charged persona.
Maybe Sinead O'Connor, who blasted Cyrus' new, overly sexual persona, does have a point.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.