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Much Ado About Britney Spears’ New Video

Britney Spears in "Criminal"

“He is a sucker with a gun, gun, gun, gun,” Britney Spears sings in her track, “Criminal.” But apparently, the local government in Stoke Newington, a borough of London, didn’t get the memo about the lyrics or name of the song before they gave Brit-Brit permission to film a music video there. Now that they’ve seen the content, they are not too pleased. The video has yet to be released, but images have appeared all over the internet. In the pictures, Britney robs a convenience store along with real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick. Britney not only rocks a ski mask, but she points a gun at the cashier. As the pair runs away, Britney limply carries a fake gun in one hand and a duffle bag in the other.

So why is the local government so mad? Because of the riots that happened earlier this year, they think the imagery glorifies lawlessness and weapon-wielding. “I think she should apologize and make a sizeable donation to a Hackney charity that deals with young people for the rudeness and damage she’s done to this community,” a local politician explained.

So why did Britney decide to shoot this video here when most locales probably wouldn’t have cared? She explained to MTV before filming, “I’ve never shot on location out of the country of America for a video. So, it should be very interesting. It was partly my idea … to see if it could to happen, and they were like, ‘Yeah, it’s a great idea,’ so we did it.”

At least she had a good reason? Also, “country of America” is just awkward phrasing.

[Huffington Post]
[MTV]

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