The director for Britney‘s latest video is the talented Joseph Kahn, responsible for “Toxic” and “Stronger,” as well as videos for Destiny’s Child, Moby, U2, and many more. Today, Kahn blogged about the experience of filming Spears’ latest endeavor:
I’ve been on this side of celebrity for so long that I’ve got to see some really messed up things. She can’t go to a fucking McDonald’s without a mean, shitty blog written about her.
No doubt you have to be strong to survive this business. But at the end of the day, she’s still a girl. Dickheads.
I genuinely like her. She has a good southern laugh. I think she’s a good person in a fucked up world. I’ve worked with bad people. She’s not one of them. Not by a long shot.
So I really wanted Womanizer’s video to be good.
I literally could not find anytime to sleep this last week. I got six hours in four days. If I had slept more than that, the video would have suffered.
Turned it in for broadcast. Went to work on other projects. Went home, watched the premiere, checked for reactions.
They love Britney again.
I don’t know if it was because I was punch drunk tired, but I almost cried.
It’s such a genuine, caring response, and really captures the essence of my infatuation, and even more so, defense of Spears. She is a glimmer of innocence within a deeply polluted sea of greed and malice. Sure, her work is far from innocent (and let’s not cross over into the arena of “legitimacy” or “originality” in regard to her music here), but her intention is little more than entertainment. I’ll always be rooting for her.
With the current state of political turmoil and economic corruption, it’s crucial to have something…anything to turn to for temporary escape from the madness. For me, it’s found in Britney Spears.