“I think she should apologize and make a sizeable donation to a Hackney charity that deals with young people, in compensation for the rudeness and damage that she’s done to our community,” said Hackney Councilor Ian Rathbone. Hackney’s Member of Parliament, Diane Abbott, added, “It is only a music video, but it’s images like this, with pop stars glamorizing gangs, which means that some young people … get drawn in.”
Additionally, UK politicians are up in arms that Britney used a replica gun while filming in Stoke Newington Town Hall. Had they known, they would never have allowed the video to film there.
So what’s Brit’s response? Apologize profusely for being so insensitive? Vow to reshoot the video, or not release it at all? Or how about making that “sizeable donation”? Well, according to a statement made by Spears’ camp, none of the above!
“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,” reads the statement.
And that’s it. No apologies, no nothin’. We’ll see if that’s explanation enough for those offended. (We doubt it.)