Should Britney Spears Apologize for Gun-Toting Video?

| by Michael Allen

Pop star Britney Spears recently filmed a music video for her latest single 'Criminal' in east London, using a fake gun, which apparently has local authorities upset.

In the shoot, she was photographed running out of a convenience store in Hackney waving a fake pistol.

Local politicians on the Hackney Council have criticized the pop singer for using the replica weapon.

Councillor Ian Rathbone told London Tonight: “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.”

Diane Abbott, Hackney’s Member of Parliament (MP), says that Spears is drawing the wrong kind of attention to gun violence: “It is only a music video but it’s images like this, with pop stars glamorising gangs, which means that some young people… get drawn in. Britney should really know better.”

Do you agree with the politicians, or is this Orwellian censorship?