If you’re in a ship at sea off the African eastern coast and you see Somali pirates coming toward you—guns are not always necessary. Just blare Britney Spears’ music at them, and they’ll flee.
This is essentially what merchant naval officer Rachel Owens told UK Metro recently, revealing that the music of the US pop songstress –particularly “Oops, I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time”—has become a sort of secret weapon used by the British Navy to deter the pirates.
“Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most,” Second Officer Owens told the publication. ”These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.”
Owens continued, “It’s 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.”
Piracy continues to be a threat for merchant ships traversing the east coast of Africa. The Royal Navy alone keeps a minimum of 14 ships in the region. They can use all the help they can get, and the ships’ security forces have apparently discovered that blaring loud music toward the pirates weakens their resolve. Especially Britney Spears.
Not the greatest thing you’d want said about your music, but hey—Spears is apparently contributing to world peace in her own way.