There will be no apology from Britney Spears, who came under fire for clutching a firearm in her upcoming video for her new single ‘Criminal.’ She filmed the clip in England, where a recent rash of riots broke out, causing locals to go “Tsk Tsk” since they viewed Brit’s actions as insensitive to recent events and glamorizing violence. Photos surfaced of Brit Brit and boyfriend Jason Trawick in character and knocking off a convenience mart a la Bonnie and Clyde in the video.
Locals, in fact, demanded an apology and suggested the singer donate to a charity to make up for her actions, which they deemed questionable.
But Brit’s having none of it. The singer issued a statement to MTV News about the matter, which read as follows: “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.”
Both sides have valid points. Brit’s song was written eons ago and is clearly a fictional situation, as she and her man are not gun-toting crooks or rabble rousers. But the fact that Brit shot the clip in London so close to such dramatic, violent events is a spot of poor judgment.
While the pistol Brit was packing was a replica, the photos of her with a weapon were still enough to cause an outrage and an uproar across the pond.