The photos from Britney Spears “Criminal” music video shoot looked pretty excellent to us, but apparently the townspeople of Stoke Newington, London, where the video was shot, were less than blown away by what they saw. “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,” the Hackney Council told London Tonight, which makes us wonder if they had any idea what Britney Spears‘ music video was even about. The song is called “Criminal,” after all, not “Law-Abiding Citizen” or “10 Reasons Not To Litter (Jakwob Dubstep Remix).”
The council apparently thought it was in poor taste for Britney Spears and manfriend Jason Trawick to film a raid on a store so soon after last month’s London riots, which brought actual raids on actual stores and involved far fewer pairs of leather hot pants. Councilor Ian Rathbone even said of Spears, “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.” Might we also suggest a dance megamix made in their honor? We know that’s what we would want, after all.
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