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People just found out what a bizarre decade-old Britney Spears tweet about global warming means

Josh Milton November 4, 2019
People have finally realised what *that* Britney Spears tweet was about. (Getty)

People have finally realised what *that* Britney Spears tweet was about. (Getty)

The year 2011 was a much simpler time: Instagram was a wacky new app everyone was obsessed with, Miley Cryus had just hung up her Hannah Montana wig and people were trying to decode that Britney Spears tweet.

On an ordinary February day, Spears tweeted: “Does anyone think global warming is a good thing?

“I love Lady Gaga. I think she’s a really interesting artist.”

Nearly a decade has passed since. Cyrus is now having to clarify her stance on sexuality not being a choice and Bieber, well, he’s buying some juice.

‘History has just been rewritten’: Twitter shattered by the truth behind Britney.

But for years, generations of Twitter users couldn’t help but wonder what this tweet meant.

The world carried on. People went to work, brewed coffee and became more terrified of global warming, since renamed global heating.

That is, until today:

A Twitter user called Frank tweeted a screenshot from a Daily Edge article that deep dived into the background of Spears’ tweet.

It quickly went viral, inspiring dozens of people to finally realise the truth behind Spears’ questioning of climate change and Gaga.

“JUSTICE FOR BRITNEY” shouted Nikka.

While one user lamented: “My world has collapsed upon me.”

“History has just been rewritten,” explained Sydney.

Users gathered to mourn the loss of both their favourite non-sequitur and the death of any lingering thought that history itself can be considered objective.

Some were today-years-old when they discovered the original tweet itself even existed:

So, what exactly was Britney Spears saying?

On February 11, Spears hosted a Q&A on Twitter ahead of the release of her album Femme Fatale.

At the time, Gaga was surging up the Top 40 pop charts, so one cheeky fan decided to jump in and ask her the question on everyone’s minds:

But threads didn’t exist back then, so when Spears decided to hit back in a two-part reply, the second wasn’t linked. Meaning it just landed without any context.

Since shelved into the museum of pop culture fandom, Spears’ tweet remains an important reminder to always reflect on the days when Twitter had a 140 character limit.

Lest we forget.

More: Britney Spears, climate change, lady gaga, Twitter

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