Well, here's one clue that those holdup photos from Britney Spears' filming of her "Criminal" video were real. After Spears filmed a segment involving robbing a Hackney convenience store with a fake pistol, various members of the Hackney Council asked her to apologize, one citing "rudeness and damage" done to the community and another stating: "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. Britney should really know better."
On the one hand, this is a step up. although not a very steep step up, from the PTC protesting some guy dropping trou for shock value. and laugh riots. (Hey, we said "riots"!) On the other hand, the "Criminal" video isn't even out, and for all we know it'll be some extended cautionary tale along the lines of Lil Wayne's "How to Love" which becomes a PSA in its second half and ends with Spears in tears, renouncing crime forever to a stirring piano breakdown. Or maybe people really are being unduly affected by bad lyrical advice like "he's got my name tattooed on his arm, his lucky charm, so I guess it's OK." Who knows?