YAR MATES: Britney Spears Music Used To Scare Away Somali Pirates

Published on October 29, 2013

Oh come on, pirates! Her early stuff is perfectly listenable.

Metro reports that Britney Spears’ songs “Oops! I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time” are used to scare away Somali pirates who might otherwise be tempted to attack merchant navy ships off Africa’s east coast, according to officer Rachel Owens.

“These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect,” Owens said.

The music is blasted at extremely high volumes, with the speakers aimed directly at the pirates so the ship’s crew doesn’t have to deal with the ear-splitting tunes, according to the Mirror.

Owens said Spears’ classics are an effective way of fighting pirates. But Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said there are some lengths Western powers are unwilling to go to for fear of violating international law.

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