“Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most,” Merchant Navy Second Officer Rachel Owens told the Metro UK.
Whose songs? That would be Britney Spears. Songs like “Oops! I Did It Again” and “…Baby One More Time” have been used by naval officers to ward off Somali pirates off the east coast of Africa.
“These guys can’t stand western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can,” Owens continued.
Apparently attacks on cargo ships are at their lowest since 2006. Since the beginning of the year, only 17 ships have been attacked as compared to 99 in the same time period during the previous year.
Britney has become something of a hero if you really think about it. Actually her pop culture counterpart, Christina Aguilera, is doing her part to help her country also. Her song “Dirrty” is regularly used as a method of disorientation in military interrogations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Go figure…
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