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Sensitive Brits Try to Invent a New Britney Spears Controversy


The riots that rocked London in early August were no joke. But the suggestion that Britney Spears has offended the delicate residents of the U.K. by filming a music video in which she carries a (fake) gun is so ridiculous, it's nearly amusing. According to a local news report (via ONTD), Brits are furious with Brit for shooting her "Criminal" video in Stoke Newington because the memory of the riots is still fresh: "Her choice of props and the tone of the shoot has sent her on a collision course with politicians and residents."

The news crew finds a pizza chef who's willing to say, "I'm not sure we want the youngsters to be let on this is a cool thing to do -- carrying guns in the street." Perhaps somebody should introduce this guy to every film Guy Ritchie ever made. A young lady says she "used to be" a big fan of Britney's (the fake gun was the breaking point and not, say, all of 2007?!).

The agency who approved the shoot even issued a statement reading, "In this case, we did not agree that a replica gun could be used at Stoke Newington Town Hall and we are disappointed" and a councilman proclaimed, "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." At least the news crew found one rational resident who observed, "It's just a music video, it has nothing to do with the riot."

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