Britney Spears just traveled all the way to Stoke Newington, London to film her music video for the song, "Criminal" and local politicians are asking for her to apologize for "promoting gun violence."
Basically, Britney's video is an armed robbery-themed shoot. In the video Britney is at a party when she gets into a fight. Her real life boyfriend Jason Trawick saves her and then the two go rob a store. Besides the fact that the premise doesn't really make any sense (he saves her from a party fight, then they rob a store?) the London local government of the Hackney Council is not okay with Britney toting fake guns in their city.
I guess Britney wasn't aware of the rioting in London that happened two months ago, so the city is taking gun violence very seriously.
"I think she should apologize and make a sizeable donation to a Hackney charity that deals with young people..." says Councilor Ian Rathbone of the Hackney Council.
That's weirdly specific... "A sizeable Hackney charity that deals with young people," why don't you just open your pockets Councilor Ian Rathbone and call it a youth charity?
Even though Britney's music video shoot was just make-believe, the people of London just don't get us "Hollywood" folk.
Rathbone thinks her video shoot caused "rudeness and damage...to this community."
They also added, "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."
Britney apparently didn't get clearance to use fake guns. However, what kind of fake robbery would occur without fake guns? Whose gonna believe that?
However, this city is very strict on filming anything violent in it's city-limits. Crime thriller "Top Boy," a film adaptation of a best selling book was denied the right to film because it depicts street gangs in the area.
They claimed the decision was to protect tourism in the area for the upcoming Olympic games. Hackney Council, tough on (fake) crime.
Another representative from the city claims, "It is only a music video but it's images like this, with popstars glamorizing gangs, which means that some young people get drawn in. Britney should really know better."
Too bad Britney was oblivious to all of it. She said London was "like my second home."
Not for long.