Pop star Britney Spears has pledged support for fans affected by COVID-19, promising to “do what [she] can” as part of the #DoYourPartChallenge.
While other celebrities have used social media to share videos of skits and songs from isolation, including a spate of performances of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, Spears has vowed to provide concrete assistance.
“I’m picking three fans to help out during this difficult time,” the gay icon posted on Instagram.
“DM me and let me know how I can help and I will do what I can.”
In a video, Spears said her sister Jamie Lynn had challenged her to provide support.
“Our world is going through such hard times right now and my sister just nominated me to help people,” she said.
“Whether it’s food or I’m getting your child diapers, whatever it is, DM me and I will help you out.”
No stranger to helping others, Spears was honoured in 2018 with the GLAAD Vanguard Award for her longstanding support of the LGBTIQ community.
During the pandemic, she has shared yoga and wellbeing videos on social media to “inspire others for us to stay healthy and safe and to be better people”.
The ‘Toxic’ singer this week also seemed to call for a general strike and redistribution of wealth.
Spears reposted a piece of writing by Instagram user Mimi Zhu.
“During this time of isolation, we need connection now more than ever,” the post said.
“We will feed each other, redistribute wealth, strike.
“We will understand our own importance from the places we must stay.”
Thousands of fans have commented to praise the post, calling Spears “Comrade Britney” and a “queen of communism”.
The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a worse economic impact around the world than the 2007–2008 global financial crisis, Fortune has reported.
Calls are increasing for rent and mortgage freezes and other financial assistance for affected people.
The pandemic is projected to last months, possibly continuing into next year.