Britney Spears meets Marines behind 'Hold it Against Me' video


Britney Spears meets with Marines whose video lip-syncing her song "Hold it Against Me" has been viewed 3.5 million times. (Photo via

If you follow the Marine Corps and use the Internet, you’ve no doubt seen the epic video of Marines in Afghanistan lip-syncing the Britney Spears song, “Hold it Against Me.”

In April, Battle Rattle profiled the Marines behind the video. They were 19 performers in it, all members of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 466 (Reinforced), of MCAS New River, N.C., or HMLA-169, an attack squadron out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The video exploded in popularity after Spears posted a link to it on her Twitter page. On Saturday, she posted the following with the photograph, taken at her concert Friday night:

[blackbirdpie url=”!/britneyspears/status/84xxxxxxxxxx08224″]

It’s no-brainer good publicity for Spears to do this. Still, you can’t tell me there weren’t at least a few Marines in the crowd above thrilled to be there.


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