The accompanying music video for the song was filmed at Dalston and Stoke Newington, London. It features Spears as a woman in upper society and follows her relationship with a criminal, played by her then real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick. Prior to its release, London officials criticized Spears for shooting scenes with a replica gun and glamorizing violence. The video received a positive response from critics, with some calling it the best music video from Femme Fatale. Reviewers also perceived parallels between the video and Spears's personal life.
At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Spears said to MTV News that she had thought of a \"really cool concept for the video, just to make it interesting. You'll have to see.\" She then contacted Chris Marrs Piliero, who directed the music video for her previous single \"I Wanna Go\", to work with her. She told him the basic story she had planned, which he described as a \"fairy-tale, sweet, knight-in-shining-armor feel to it. I said let's take that and make the fairy tale badass.\" Spears also wanted her real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick to play the criminal. Marrs Piliero was initially hesitant to cast Trawick feeling that a professional actor would do a better job, but did not talk to Spears about it. He told USA Today, \"When you're doing nudity, I don't think it was at the top of Britney's list to bring in some random guy while her boyfriend watches. [...] We definitely wanted to make some passionate, steamy scenes, but we also wanted it to be intensely beautiful. We didn't want to go for raunchy. We wanted it to be sensual and steamy.\" On September 6, 2011, Spears announced through her Twitter account that she had decided to shoot the video \"in the streets of merry old England when I get there.\" In an interview with AOL, she explained, \"I've never shot on location out of the country of America for a video. So, it should be very interesting. It was partly my idea ... to see if it could to happen, and they were like, 'Yeah, it's a great idea,' so we did it.\"
The video begins at a formal party in which Spears seems to be looking for someone. The opening shot of her was inspired by the scene of Jennifer Love Hewitt walking into the party in Can't Hardly Wait (1998). Her boyfriend (model Freddy Bradshaw) talks with two people next to her. He persuades her to smile to avoid embarrassment from the guests then verbally abuses her and grabs her face, after which she leaves to the restroom, where she wipes away a tear and puts on her fragrance Radiance. She comes back to the party and catches her boyfriend flirting with another woman; Spears tells her \"So you're not working the street corner tonight I see\", making her boyfriend angry. He apologizes to the other woman for his girlfriend's remark then grabs Spears by the arm and carries her outside the building. After he slaps her, one of the waiters of the party (Trawick) wearing a leather jacket punches her boyfriend several times. The waiter asks Spears if she is okay, and after she kicks her boyfriend in the crotch goodbye, she replies \"Now I'm okay.\" She and the waiter climb on his motorcycle and leave the scene. When they get to his house, it is revealed by a newspaper that he is a criminal. She opens one of the lockers in his house and finds a gun, after which the couple kisses. This is followed by scenes of them having sex.
The next morning, the criminal brings Spears breakfast to the bed and kisses her on the forehead. He has several tattoos in his body, including one on his chest that reads \"R.I.P. Goose\", a reference to the film Top Gun (1986). They go to a convenience store where she steals vanilla candles and points the gun to the employee; the criminal takes money out of the cash register and they escape by stealing a Citroën DS3. The robbery is caught by the security cameras, and pictures of the couple appear on the local news. There are scenes of them having sex in the shower. As they change clothes, several policemen then appear outside the criminal's house; they start shooting it with Heckler & Koch MP5's as Spears and the man embrace, kissing passionately. The policemen then enter the house, and one of them confirms that the couple escaped. The video ends with Spears and the criminal escaping on the motorcycle as the credits roll. One of them reads \"No vanilla candles were harmed in the making of this music video.\" The video also includes intercut scenes of Spears performing dance moves similar to voguing.
\"Holding the gun became a controversial thing 'cause we filmed it in London, and they don't have a lot of gun use out there. That doesn't mean that there's no gun use, so I did find it really interesting. For me, the thing is, it blew me away that members of [the British] Parliament were speaking about this. One, because it's a music video, and two, because don't you guys have television shows out there that show crime It's really strange to me. I don't understand why pop stars are put on such a high pedestal over other celebrities. Why do members of Parliament feel that they need to scrutinize her for having a gun, and 'She's in the public,' and 'She should know better,' and 'She's a role model,' but what about every other celebrity out there What about every other actor That's very strange to me. I was really surprised at how much the gun use was scrutinized. [Trawick plays] a professional criminal, so it makes sense he has a gun. We shouldn't censor ourselves.\"
Like a tiny window inside of a jail cell, Britney Spears continues to tease fans eager to see her official 'Criminal' music video. To tide them over (and possibly taunt them further), Spears released an official lyric video for the track today on VEVO. British fans may appreciate this more than the official, as-yet-unreleased video for the song, which garnered criticism for its violent imagery immediately following the London riots.
Like a tiny window inside of a jail cell, Britney Spears continues to tease fans eager to see her official 'Criminal' music video. To tide them over (and possibly taunt them further), Spears released an official lyric video for the track today on VEVO. British fans may appreciate this more than the official, as-yet-unreleased video for the song, which garnered criticism for its violent imagery immediately following the London riots.\\nRead More
The rest of the video plays like a movie, as Britney and her new bad boy embark on a criminal lifestyle, robbing corner shops and dodging police. There is also a cool shooting scene near the end of the video.
The video: The video for Britney Spears' latest single, \"Criminal,\" was already deemed controversial for allegedly glamorizing gun violence when it was shot in East London last month. Now, the Bonnie and Clyde-themed music video (watch it below) has been officially released, and gun violence is just the tip of the iceberg. Spears co-stars with her real-life boyfriend, talent agent Jason Trawick. His character rescues Spears from an abusive relationship, then leads Spears on a crime spree that's, naturally, frequently interrupted so the two can engage in very-naked sex scenes that some critics consider extreme, even by Spears' standards. 59ce067264