Britney Gets Gassed In Vancouver

Lucas Jensen / April 9, 2009

Midway through last night’s Vancouver show, Britney Spears disappeared, refusing to come back onstage until the “smoke” cleared. Her official statement:

We want to apologize to all the fans who attended our Vancouver show tonight for the brief pause in Britney’s set. Crew members above the stage became ill due to a ventilation issue.

According to the Vancouver Sun’s timeline, this “brief pause” was over 30 minutes long. Maybe in geological time, that’s brief, but in the middle of expensive-ticket-million-selling-superstar-concert time, “brief” is stretching. And that “smoke” that was the problem? That wasn’t the acrid carcinogenic, addictive kind, but other kind of “kind” kind.

A blogger who was on the scene reports:

Crazy !!

I’m at Britney’s concert in Vancouver and she just walked off the stage… until the smoke clears. Seems as if there are too many concert goers smoking BC bud and she and the dancers cannot perform because of it!

Though the Sun managed to avoid mentioning the wacky weed until the very end of their news story, everyone else seems to agree that it was marijuana smoke that was irritating the singer and/or her crew. After returning for a semi-successful concert and an encore, she wrapped ‘er up with this benediction: “Thanks Vancouver. You were wonderful. Drive safe. Don’t smoke weed! Rock out with your cocks out!” She capped it all off by urging those in the audience engaging in maternal fornication to peace out. When did Britney become such a pottymouth? You can watch this all in the video above.

I have a few questions here. How much weed were these people smoking? Even with “ventilation problems,” that seems like a lot of marijuana would be needed to fill up an auditorium like that! I’m not a pot smoker, and I so I don’t know how “BC Bud” differs from the regular stuff, but does that seem to be an awful lot of smoke to you? And I know that Britney’s been a pop star for a decade now, but when did her fans become a bunch of chiba squeezers? And doesn’t Britney smoke herself? Maybe this is the dark side to marijuana legalization: Your Britney Spears concerts will not be a seamless experience.

The It Lists throws out this theory on Britney’s ganja gaffe (is the New York Post hiring?):

Buzz is that she was afraid the secondhand pot smoke would get on her hair and mess up the random drug tests she has to do to keep custody of her kids. Ouch.

That’s so insane that it just might be true. It’s Occam’s Razor in reverse.

Britney’s Vancouver Concert [Mia’s Meddlings]
Britney Spears Vancouver [YouTube]
Pop star Britney Spears walks off stage in Vancouver [Vancouver Sun]
Britney Spears Hotbox in Vancouver [The It List]