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Updated on Sep 2, 2020. Posted on Aug 29, 2016

We Need To Talk About Britney Spears And Beyoncé

A mini manifesto.

This is Britney Spears.

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This is Beyoncé.

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Both Britney and Beyoncé have been relevant in the music industry for nearly 20 years.

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Twenty years is a long-ass time considering how fickle the industry can be...

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...ESPECIALLY toward women.

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Britney has faced setbacks.

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Beyoncé has too.

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Both have been able to overcome them.

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Last night, Britney heroically returned to a stage that nearly destroyed her nine years ago.

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Beyoncé returned to a stage to rightfully celebrate the massive accomplishment that is Lemonade.

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That's two amazingly different accomplishments for two women who have made lasting careers and continue to have an impact in an industry that would have rather they both failed.

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We live in a world where successful women are constantly being pitted against each other.

You never hear people pitting Usher against Justin Timberlake or Justin Bieber against Calvin Harris.

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It's perfectly okay to like Britney and Beyoncé.

It's totally fine to root on everyone.

After all, Beyoncé is a Britney fan.

Britney is a Beyoncé fan.

We're all in this together.

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