Hackney Council: ‘Britney Spears should apologise for gun video’

The Femme Fatale filmed a controversial video in the North East London borough

Britney Spears has been given a ticking off by Hackney Council over ‘glamourising’ gun use and gangs in a video which she recently filmed in the London borough.

The American pop star was recently in the UK to film a Bonnie and Clyde-style video at Stoke Newington Town Hall for her forthcoming single ‘Criminal’.

Gossip site Holy Moly reports that Councillor Ian Rathbone has said of the controversial video:

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.

Diane Abbot, MP for Hackney, also added her voice to the debate, saying: “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.”

Hackney Council have made a statement about the video in which they say: “In this case we did not agree that a replica gun could be used at Stoke Newington Town Hall and we are disappointed. We will be raising this matter with the production company.”