Chris Marrs Piliero-directed clip features ‘Weeds’ actor Guillermo Diaz.
By Jocelyn Vena
Britney Spears proved her comedic chops on the small screen in her cameo on “How I Met Your Mother,” and now she’s once again displaying her funny bone in the video for “I Wanna Go,” which dropped Wednesday (June 22).
Like he did with Ke$ha before, director Chris Marrs Piliero makes off-kilter pop culture references and pokes fun at the idea of the sexy pop star. There’s a number of Spears-related references, including a polka dot bikini top as an homage, perhaps, to Minnie Mouse, her skull-wearing Mickey Mouse ears T-shirt and a movie theater marquee that reads “Crossroads 2: Cross Harder.”
Spears has touched on her relationship with the media in the past, but perhaps not with this much humor or self-deprecation.
The video opens with a press conference, where reporters ask the superstar crazy questions such as, “Is it true you banned junk food, smiles, candy, sunshine and laughter from your Femme Fatale Tour?” The answer: Yes, obviously.
“Can you confirm reports that you’re pregnant with Brad Pitt’s love child?” The answer: “That is false: It’s quintuplets.”
Eventually annoyed by the onslaught of increasingly dumb questions, Britney declares, “F— you” to the reporters in the room. The only person who passes the test is “Weeds” and “Half Baked” star Guillermo Diaz, who is hanging out, wearing a hat that only the Burger King could love. She then dashes out onto the streets in her Avril Lavigne-worthy, pop-punk princess finest.
It seems Britney has decided to live life on her own terms. She grabs the bum of an autograph-seeking fan. Then, she flashes a group of men, and as a cop tries to arrest her, she has her way with him right there on the street. Britney just doesn’t care anymore, and why should she? She’s finally having fun.
Britney displays the sass and charm fans fell in love with a decade ago during performance shots, where she flirts with the camera, her eyes as big and wide as her smile.
Fans are back with her as she makes her way around town and, of course, the paparazzi have found her. For one photographer, she gives an impromptu fashion shoot before smashing his camera. And when she finds herself surrounded by more of his cronies, she takes them out one by one with any singer’s best weapon: her microphone.
There’s a surprising turn, however: As the mic slams itself against the photogs, pulling the skin off their bodies, it reveals that they are cyborgs, much to Brit’s dismay. So, what’s a girl to do?
She’s rescued by Guillermo, who drives her through the desert. She dances in the car, wearing only a bikini top and miniskirt. And just when she thinks she’s safe, it’s revealed that he too is a cyborg. Can’t Brit ever catch a break?
The video returns to the press conference, where the pop star awakes from a daydream and reveals, “Guillermo, I had the strangest dream.”
“I love dreams,” he tells her. “And seashells,” he says, placing several in her hand. “Come on, let’s get out of here.”
But, is Britney truly safe with Guillermo? In an homage to the final frame of Michael Jackson’s classic “Thriller” video, the clip closes with Diaz turning his head toward the camera to reveal his red, glowing robot eyes.
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