Britney Spears defends 'Criminal' video

Every now and again in the music world you hear of some video or other that has outraged some small-time politician or political lobby group: usually it's because there's too much raunchy behaviour in the video, or that the star has forsaken his/her Christian values. But every now and you find that violence in the clip is criticised for being 'harmful' to its audience, or insensitive to victims of whatever.

This time it's Britney Spears who has been drawing flack, from British MPs no less, who don't much like her 'Criminal' video. In it she robs an East London store at gunpoint, and was seen with the gun in her hand, something that they thought was ill-timed, given how recently the riots kicked off in the area. However, Britney's people quite rightly pointed out it's just a video, and has nothing to do with the riots.

'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,' said Spear's management to MTV. So stop your whining.

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