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?