British Residents Accuse Britney Spears of Promoting Gun Violence in ‘Criminal’ Video
Britney Spears is across the pond promoting 'Femme Fatale' and even squeezed in the video shoot for her new single 'Criminal' while overseas in England. However, given the fact that Brit Brit is seen packing heat in the video has raised quite a stir with British residents, who consider Brit's brandishing of a pistol as a promotion of gun violence. They also consider her actions inconsiderate, in light of recent local events.
Digital Spy reports that locals are asking Brit to apologize for what they see as irresponsible behavior. Pics from the shoot show Brit and her boyfriend Jason Trawick knocking off a convenience mart. Brit is holding a gun in one hand and tucking it into her skinnies in another.
The vid was shot in Stoke Newington, London and officials are upset since the area was affected by the recent U.K. riots. Hackney Council told London Tonight: “In this case we did not agree that a replica gun could be used at Stoke Newington Town Hall and we are disappointed. We will be raising this matter with the production company." So it's not like the local officials are without reason for being upset, given the recent unrest in the region.
An apology is not all that locals would like from the pop diva. Councillor Ian Rathbone added, "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.”
Hackney MP Diane Abbott expressed a little sympathy towards Brit, acknowledging that "It is only a music video." However, she believes that glamorizing guns is far more dangerous than it seems. Abbott continued, "It’s images like this, with popstars glamorizing gangs, which means that some young people … Get drawn in. Britney should really know better.”
Brit even reportedly said she was having a blast and that London is like her second home. She may rethink that attitude or consider that apology and donation.
Watch Footage of Local Officials Uproar of Britney Spears Toting a Gun in 'Criminal' Video