Britney Spears forthcoming single could be banned by some US radio stations over fears that listeners might mishear the song's lyrics.
Programmers are concerned about the meaning behind the song, ‘If You Seek Amy’, which when sung by Spears sounds like “F U C K me”.
Although single-word profanities are normally dubbed out for radio, Spears' song could technically avoid censorship because it doesn't contain offensive language.
Patti Marshall, program director at Cincinnati's Q102, told MTV: "It's OK to put in on an album, have fun with it, but we're publicly owned, you know?
"We have a responsibility to the public ... you put this ... out and act like we're all fuddy-duddies, like we're trying to make moral judgements.
“It's not about us. It's about the mom in the minivan with her 8-year-old."
In the song, Spears sings the line: “All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek Amy”, which sounds like: “All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to F U C K me.”
Another programmer told the broadcaster that it would have to run the song past a legal team before it could be aired.
'If You Seek Amy' has already generated anger in Australia, where parents branded the song “offensive”.
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