Britney Spears Criminal Video Controversy
Pop star Britney Spears has come under fire after using a fake gun while filming her new upcoming music video for Criminal. Recently shooting scenes for her Bonnie and Clyde inspired feature in the streets of London, local politicians in the area, according to MTV, are enraged and angry, stating that Spears is “promoting gun violence” and “glamorizing gangs.”
The scenes in question show Spears, and her real life boyfriend Jason Trawick making a run for it from a store while Spears waves a gun around in the air. Jason is seen following behind with a duffel bag.
Filming on location in the streets of Hackney, Spears’ Criminal music video venture caught the eye of Ian Rathbone, a member of the Hackney Council, who aired his strong opinions on London Tonight. “I think she should apologize and make a sizeable donation to a Hackney charity that deals with young people, in compensation for the rudeness and damage she's done to this community."
The councilman also stated to CNN that he stands firm on his opinion regarding the matter. “I stick by my comments which were supported by young people also interviewed at the time. Gun crime has been reducing in the Hackney area. We don’t need some celeb running around with a handgun in a public street stirring things up again.”
Rathbone also points out that Spears was not granted permission, and must have changed the script last minute. "What she did was illegal as she had not sought permission for what was apparently a late change of script and she also needed to notify the local police who would have wanted to have been present in such a situation. She is encouraging a lifestyle of crime, get something for nothing, or use a gun to get your way. I can provide the names of some charities in Hackney, and how she can help pay for a performance to be put on of a production called 'Frenzy' by a local theater group involving young people in the area in Hackney where a riot took place to help them express their views about what happened.”
While Britney called her stay in London “a blast” via Twitter, her reps have issued a statement regarding the singer’s use of a handgun in her Criminal music video. "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.”
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