Is the princess of pop having second thoughts about releasing her steamy music video for "Make Me?"
In the beginning of June, Britney and her dancers teamed up with creative visionary David LaChapelle for the "Make Me" visual. The video went under wraps for most of the month, however in recent weeks, a lot of it spilled onto the Internet. Most likely, the incessant leaks pressured Team Britney to move up the song's release date in fear of the entire clip surfacing.
Smart move, and any plans to release the video in August should be nixed immediately – over the weekend, a new 90-second segment of the music video leaked onto select corners of the web. It featured an extended look at the Queen's scene wearing red glittery body paint inside of a cage, provocatively writhing around the floor in the warehouse room, throwing a television out of a second story home into a pool and a racy scene with G-Eazy in which the two appear to be having sex.
If the entire video is edited and leaking, why hold off on releasing it ASAP? One theory that comes to mind is it's Britney who's holding off. You may recall during the Britney Jean era, Brit admitted to watering down the final version of the "Work Bitch" video because she felt it was too much.
"Oh my god, we showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video than what is actually there," she said at the time. "Like, I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it's just hard to play sexy mom while you're being a pop star as well."
She added: "A lot of sex goes into what I do, but sometimes I would like to bring it back to the old days when there was like one outfit through the whole video, and you're dancing the whole video, and there's like not that much sex stuff going on."
From what we've seen, "Make Me" makes "Work Bitch" look like Sesame Street, but that isn't the only recent video Brit spliced up. Her "Perfume" clip directed by Joseph Kahn had an elaborate storyline which incorporated gun violence and self-sacrifice, but even after it was shot and edited, Brit ultimately decided to chop up that storyline as well to exclude any of that. The final version was a confusing and bland love triangle that ended with Britney in tears.
David LaChapelle is known to push the envelope, so will the "Make Me" video see the same fate? Will the video get released this week? Your guess is as good as mine, but with virtually no promotion of the song since its release on Friday, it's safe to say the line "really not a difference if it's near or far" doesn't apply.