But mama I’m in love with a criminal
And this type of love isn’t rational, it’s physical
Mama please don’t cry, I will be alright
All reason aside I just can’t deny, I love the guy
Well, seriously, can you blame her? By showing us who she was with before she hooked up with the title character, the video for Britney Spears’s Criminal leaves little doubt that Britney made the right choice. To be honest, that prologue makes the entire video and, especially when you consider the way that she’s been treated in real life, there’s something deeply satisfying about seeing Britney kick that jerk in the balls.
Britney’s co-star in the video was her then-boyfriend, Jason Trawick. It was Britney’s idea to cast Trawick in the role and the director has said that he originally wasn’t enthused about the idea as Trawick was a former agent with little acting experience. However, I think Trawick did alright. The fact that he and Britney already had chemistry helped and, if nothing else, he’s not Kevin Federline.
This video was shot in the Stoke Newington district of London. Apparently, there was some controversy because, at one point, Britney is seen holding a revolver and some locals felt that was insensitive given the district’s history of rioting. Honestly, though, if you’re dating a criminal, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll end up holding a gun at some point. Southern girls understand.