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Britney Spears Releases Viral Halloween Video, Her Hits Reportedly Used to Scare Off Somali Pirates

Image courtesy of Intersscope Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Intersscope Records (via ABC News Radio)

Britney Spears is a lifelong fan of Michael Jackson , and she pays tribute to the late King of Pop in a goofy viral Halloween video she created with the folks at BBC Radio 1 in London. 

In the video, the singer introduces herself by saying, "It's Britney, Witch!"  She then recites the spoken-word part of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" -- the part that was originally recorded by late horror film star Vincent Price -- while brandishing an axe, riding on a broomstick and reading from a book while sitting on a spiderweb-encrusted throne. 

She switches back and forth between a variety of British and American accents while delivering such classic lines as, "And though you fight to stay alive/your body starts to shiver/for no mere mortal can resist/the evil of the Thriller!"

And while Britney works on her best "scary face" in that video, her music is apparently enough to frighten off Somali pirates, like the kind depicted in the new Tom Hanks film Captain Phillips .  According to a British merchant navy officer, if Phillips' boat had only been playing "...Baby One More Time" over its loudspeakers, the pirates just might have left his ship alone.

Second Officer Rachel Owens is a merchant navy officer who serves on super tankers off the east coast of Africa, where Somali pirates often board ships and kidnap the crew in hopes of earning millions of dollars in ransom.  She tells the British paper The Daily Mirror that Britney Spears ' songs have proven to be an effective way of warding off attacks by pirates.

"Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most.  These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect,” the paper quotes Owens as saying.  "As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney they move on as quickly as they can.”

This all sounds pretty silly, but apparently, it works.  A spokesperson for the British Association of Private Security Companies told the paper, “Playing loud pop songs has been proven as one of the most effective ways of fending off attackers....it is pretty effective."

But apparently, there's a limit to how far they'll go when it comes to using pop as a weapon.  Steven Jones , with the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, quipped to the paper, "I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention."

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