According to merchant navy officer Rachel Owens, captains all over the east coast of Africa are playing the Britney Spears’ hits at full blast to deter ‘western culture-hating’ pirates from boarding the ships. If only Captain Philips had had his Britney CD on board!
When Somali pirates first attack, ships are instructed to give them a stern warning. If they fail to abide by the initial warning – well then it’s Britney, b*tch.
“These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect,” Owens said. “They’re so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns — as soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney they move on as quickly as they can.”
Songs from a number of pop artists are used to deter Somali pirates, but Britney Spears is thought to be among the most effective.
“Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most,” Owens added.
Apparently, the Britney songs pirates “hate the most” are Baby One More Time and Oops! I Did It Again.
They could also try using Justin Bieber – but as Steven Jones of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry says, that might be against the Geneva Convention.
Via: The National Post