While we can never know for sure, when Britney Spears released “Oops I Did It Again” in 2000, it’s doubtful she ever thought the single would be used to scare away Somali Pirates. But, this is in fact how her music is being used according to navy officer Rachel Owens.
“Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most,” Owens said. “These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.”
Other tracks proven effective in scaring away Somali pirates from approaching supertankers along the east coast of Africa include Spears’ “Baby One More Time” and “Toxic.”
“It’s so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns,” Owens added.
Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, had another pop star suggestion.
“Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music. I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.”
This Halloween, navy officers might want to try blasting “It’s Britney, Witch!” to scare away pirates. Watch below as Spears recites the intro to Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” in frightening detail.
In 2011 alone, there were 176 attacks on ships by gangs of bandits off the Horn of Africa, Metro.co.uk reports. It is unknown whether ships played “Till The World Ends” during any of these attacks.