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Here’s the Britney Spears Video Shot in the UK That Got The Brits’ Knickers in a Twist About Gun Violence


MTV News had a little confab with the director of Ms. Spears’ new video Criminal. Chris Marrs Piliero commented on the kerfuffle surrounding the video’s gunplay. “Holding the gun became a controversial thing ’cause we filmed it in London, and they don’t have a lot of gun use out there.” Citation? Kidding. Everybody knows gun crime isn’t a problem in the capital of The Land of Hope and Glory. Except when it is. “It blew me away that members of Parliament were speaking about this. One, because it’s a music video, and two, because don’t you guys have television shows out there that show crime?” As Stewie would say, oh DO go on . . .

“It’s really strange to me,” he continued, adding just what bothered him most about the controversy: “I don’t understand why pop stars are put on such a high pedestal over other celebrities. Why do members of Parliament feel that they need to scrutinize her for having a gun, and ‘She’s in the public,’ and ‘She should know better,’ and ‘She’s a role model,’ but what about every other celebrity out there? What about every other actor? That’s very strange to me. I was really surprised at how much the gun use was scrutinized.”

Yeah, what’s up with that? Why can’t they just run their little police state quietly and let the rest of us get on with the business of entertaining the masses, eh?


  1. avatar Leo Atrox says:

    I can’t see how the gun would be the cause of all that outrage when the music itself is so offensive.

  2. avatar Steve says:

    So, I watched the first part of that video and I have to say that I am a bit surprised that I liked it.

    What’s not to like about an uppity woman-hitting British twit getting his face punched and then his nuts kicked in?

    Motorcycles, check.
    Guns, check.
    Brit getting face-punched, check.

    If it weren’t for the music I would be sold.

  3. avatar Tim McNabb says:

    I think it is perfectly dreadful – A guy beat’s your boyfriend’s ass, so you join him in a crime spree? Am I missing something? Glorifying “irrational love” is not exactly what I want my grandkids imbibing.

    I shake my cane in fury.

    1. avatar Tim says:

      You know, we spend our time defending guns, saying that gun crime in movies is not the same thing. I grew up watching some of the violent movies, but I didn’t go out and become a criminal.

      I think we do our children a disservice to think they are very swayed by some of the crap they see in videos, movies, TV, games. We are far more effective as parents when we are involved in their lives, not micromanaging their viewing and gaming habits.

      My mother wasn’t swayed by Elvis’ hips (maybe she was) – its the age-old issue about that we don’t like or understand.

      Get involved in your child’s school, education, and lives – especially the schools – that is where they are corrupted, not from TV.

      Put your cane down…

  4. avatar GS650G says:

    Despite the years, two kids, and partying She’s still got it where it counts.

  5. avatar Silver says:

    Anything to keep the British public distracted from the country’s real problems.

  6. avatar Levi B says:

    100% of the problem is that it was an American artist, and English people on the whole feel superior to the United States.

  7. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    The song sucks but I loved it when she kicked the tough guy in the balls. The Brits are worse shots than our cops.

  8. avatar Jeff O. says:

    Hey armed cops in the UK are just as bad as their American counter parts (skip to 4:25 through 5:00)

    (What? I had nothing better to do, it’s a slow work day…)

  9. avatar Aharon says:

    More bs propaganda for the male-hating sexual-grievance industry. Hollywood, the mass media, and other such institutions continue to portray men as the primary domestic violence abusers (of women) when statistically it is the other way around.

    1. avatar mikeb302000 says:

      I’d love to know where you got that bit of nonsense. Women abuse men more than the other way around? I’m laughing.

      About the video, I would think the British were offended by how stupid it made their cops look.

  10. avatar xpo172 says:

    Actually, the part I found most offensive was the bobbies firing blindly into the apartment.

    1. avatar Leo Atrox says:

      Really? You found that more offensive than the junk that this video tries to pass off as music? The fact that this was deemed worthy of being a single and making a video is more offensive to me than anything in the video itself. To each his/her own I suppose …

  11. avatar Ralph says:

    Were they supposed to be the British version of Bonnie and Clyde? All I can say is, parents, don’t let your daughters watch this viddy, or they might grow up to be bleached-blonde singing crack hoes. Even worse, they may rob banks like Patty Hearst.

  12. avatar Sam says:

    If I had kids, I’d be much more concerned about the sexuality of the video rather than the gun. Priorities.

  13. avatar JuanCudz says:

    Brits are people too you know?

  14. avatar Christian says:

    I grew up watching The Three Stooges but I don’t go around poking people in the eyes or ripping their hair out. Here’s a novel idea. If you don’t like it, turn it off. Nyuk Nyuk

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