Britney Spears is ruffling feathers with a controversial song off of her new album, Circus.
The Parents Television Council is warning parents about Spears’ song "If You Seek Amy" and urging radio stations not to play it, they say, because it "would violate the broadcast indecency law" if aired between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Brit’s tune has received a lot of attention for its title, which some say spells out the F-word if said slowly.
"There is no misinterpreting the lyrics to this song, and it’s certainly not about a girl named Amy," PTC president Tim Winer said. "It’s one thing for a song with these lyrics to be included on a CD so that fans who wish to hear it can do so, but it’s an entirely different matter when this song is played over the publically-owned airwaves, especially at a time when children are likely to be in the listening audience."
The controversy isn’t stopping U.S. radio from playing "If You Seek Amy." Six top 40 stations have the song in rotation this week, enough to place the track at No. 92 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. Leading the pack is WFLZ-Tampa, Fla., which has played it 19 times.
"We’re confident the version of the song we air is not crossing any lines," program director Tommy Chuck told Billboard.com, adding that WFLX plays a Jive-created edit of the song that changes "Seek" to "See" as well as a jokey version in which morning host MJ shouts his name every time the word "Amy" appears.