Last week we heard of a report out of England about a bit of controversy stirred up by the filming of Britney Spears‘s new music video for her new single Criminal. Apparently, a few politicians over there felt that Britney was “glorifying gun violence” because she was seen with a gun in hand as she filmed her video. Today we get to hear from Team Britney as they respond to the hub bub. Check out the official statement below.
When Britney Spears flew to London earlier this month to shoot her video for “Criminal,” she probably didn’t think the clip would generate the kind of controversy it has. And yet, in the week since she wrapped filming, Spears has been taken to task by politicians in the U.K. for a scene in the video, in which the pop star packs a pistol as she flees a London-area building. They’ve claimed that the image of Brit gripping a gun glamorizes violence and, in the aftermath of the widespread riots that rattled the nation last month, the pop star should “apologize … for the rudeness and damage that she’s done to our community.” Late Monday (September 26), MTV News received a statement from Spears’ camp about the “Criminal” controversy — and, from the sound of things, she’s not going to be apologizing anytime soon. “The video is a fantasy story featuring Britney’s boyfriend, Jason Trawick, which literally plays out the lyrics of a song written three years before the riots ever happened,” the statement read.
I mean … seriously. Let’s be real here … trying to peg the escalation of “gun violence” on one music video is just … dumb. It’s not even worth going into the argument about violence in the media. This, IMHO, is just an excuse for a few politicians who have nothing better to do to get a little media attention. They should be thanking Britney for allowing them to get their names in the newspapers. There is no story here, this is nothing for Britney to apologize for … the end.