Britney Spears on 2001 VMA Performance: ‘Why Did I Do That?’
Britney Spears on 2001 VMA Performance: ‘Why Did I Do That?’

A large albino Burmese python made a cameo in Britney Spears’s 2001 VMA Music Video Awards performance for “I’m A Slave 4 U.” Now, nearly 15 years later, the songstress thinks that wasn’t such a smart idea.

“Oh my goodness! It’s insane! Why did I do that?” reflected Spears in an interview with E! News.

The songstress was joined by the entertainment website on the set of her upcoming single, “Make Me.”

The 34-year-old also admitted she will never dance with a python again.

“[expletive] no—never,” she said. “That’s so dumb. No! Never!”

Spears first performed “I’m a Slave 4 U” at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on September 6, 2001. The singer used exotic animals onstage and was asked beforehand by the animals rights group PETA to not use the animals in her performance. 

“We asked her not to do it because the animals—under the bright lights, and with all the noise and just the training that goes into making these cats behave—is stressful for them, but also very cruel, so we asked her to not have the animals onstage,” PETA spokeswoman Jenny Woods said in 2001.

PETA director of campaigns Dan Mathews added: “As you know, we greatly appreciate the fashion statement you so often make by wearing animal-friendly pleather. We’re writing today in the hope that you’ll open your heart to the plight of captive ‘wild’ animals caged and forced to tolerate bright lights, crowds, and frightening levels of noise. Please consider that cheetahs are shy, solitary animals who, in their natural habitat, would have a home range of up to 1,500 square kilometers. To display them in cages in front of thousands of people with loud music would be cruel.”

Earlier this year, PETA blasted Justin Bieber for using a Bengal tiger as entertainment at his father’s engagement party in Toronto. Bieber uploaded a photo of him petting the animal on his Instagram page on April 30.

Take a walk down memory lane with Britney Spears’s 2001 VMA performance below.

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