Britney Spears, Like, Totes Inspired By Shakespeare And James Joyce

Slate has uncovered shocking evidence that Britney Spears’ songwriting abilities are maybe, just a tad, unoriginal. Her most recent single, “If U Seek Amy,” is a play on words that, when said quickly, spell out, um, something dirty. Best of all, the way in which the phrase is used in the song, doesn’t really make sense. “All the boys and all the girls are begging to if u seek Amy.” However, previous uses of naughty wordplay like this are everywhere and no doubt inspired Brit. “If You See Kay,” apparently, has been a song put out by a bunch of artists, including one who admitted that he got the reference from James Joyce, who wrote in Ulysses:

If you see kay
Tell him he may
See you in tea
Tell him from me.

Shakespeare was also a dirty bird, penning the following in Twelfth Night, “By my life this is my lady’s hand. These be her very C’s, her U’s and her T’s and thus makes she her great P’s.” If that “and” in between the CU and the T is pronounced as an N…well, you get the point. I always knew my favorite word was shared by literary geniuses like Bill Shakespeare!

Anyhoo, so are we to conclude that Brit-Brit likes books with her cigarettes, Red Bulls, and Cheetos? I doubt it. It’s far more likely Daddy Spears figured out Brit could get past the censors by spelling out her naughty desires, and then some other dim bulb figured out how to do it in a more subtle, and just slightly off, way. Whatever. It clearly worked. Cause would Slate be writing about her otherwise? [Slate]