Melbourne: Pop star Britney Spears has landed in hot water for promoting gun violence in her latest video clip for song ‘Criminal’.
The latest video was partly filmed in East London and during the Bonnie and Clyde-themed shoot, Spears was photographed running out of a convenience store in Hackney waving a fake pistol.
Local politicians have now criticised the singer for glamourising gun violence and demanded an apology.
“I think she should apologise 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,” the Age quoted councillor Ian Rathbone telling London Tonight.
Hackney’s Member of Parliament Diane Abbott stated that Spears is drawing the wrong kind of attention with gun violence.
“It is only a music video but it’s images like this, with pop stars glamourising gangs, which means that some young people ... get drawn in. Britney should really know better,” Abbot said.