By Brittany Spanos
Britney Spears' new song "Work Bitch" debuted recently, and she also announced her upcoming two year residency in Las Vegas.
The single, helmed by an EDM heavyweight, is in the vein of her will.i.am collaboration "Scream & Shout," but not what we once expected from the pop star. Since Blackout, she's been pulling away from the coy, sugary pop that once defined her.
She's also reinforced her status as a gay icon. Move over Cher.
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Before the single premiered, there was speculation that it sampled drag superstar RuPaul's most memorable single "Supermodel (You Better Work)."
Though it doesn't, Britney does repeat the iconic parenthetical of Ru's song throughout her track. And it wouldn't have been much of a stretch for her to appropriate a little bit of drag history and culture into her song. She has a history of playing gay clubs and has become a well-known figure to emulate in drag. Even the VMA kiss with Madonna helped bind some ties for Brit and the LGBT community.
In terms of mainstream visibility; Britney Spears is the ultimate twink, the ultimate leather daddy, and the ultimate pervert. She may well be the ultimate gay icon.