This flight attendant recreated Britney Spears' 'Toxic' and it's the best thing you'll see all day
Few things are as iconic of the early noughties as Britney Spears' music video for her 2004 hit, Toxic. Sure, it was the same year that Facebook launched (then called The Facebook), everyone's favorite sitcom Friends ended, and Beyoncé won her first Grammy as a solo artist. But I digress, it's Toxic that was the real hero of the beginning of the new millennium.
If you need a refresher, then first of all – shame on you. How could you forget the futuristic blue uniform that Britney wears while posing as a flight attendant before later revealing that she's some kind of secret agent on a personal mission to steal a vial of green liquid in order to poison her unfaithful boyfriend? It's an undeniably great plot.
But the best bit? It's not the infamous naked-diamond-bodysuit and not even the impressive laser-beam dodging she does towards the end – it's the dance moves. The choreography was a collaboration between Britney and Brian Friedman – a dancer and choreographer who has also worked with Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Cher.
One clear fan of the Toxic music video and the moves Britney pulls in it found it so brilliant that they went to the lengths of recreating the clip. A flight attendant called Assraf Nasir took on Britney's Toxic while in his AirAsia uniform aboard an actual jet, and it's perfect.
He expertly pulls off the choreography, the sassy head throw-backs and the incorporation of the telephone comms system and drinks trolley into the saucy routine. His friend and Twitter user @FarhanRzman initially shared the video on Twitter, causing it to go viral.
While the songstress herself didn't respond, the people of the internet were quick to shower Assraf with praise.
Even his boss, AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes got behind the video, reposting Assraf's routine to his own Instagram. "Classic. Airasia version of Toxic (sic)," he wrote. "The talent in Airasia never fails to amaze me. @assrafnasir is the best. Love it that staff can just have fun and be themselves."
The Malaysian is a flight attendant with Air Asia, and appears to be a big Britney fan, judging by the amount of Britney Spears mentions there are throughout his Twitter feed.
Toxic was reportedly the most expensive music video Britney has made to date, racking in a production cost bill of $1 million. She came to Joseph Kahn, the director of the music video, with the secret agent revenge story in mind, specifically saying she wanted to join the "mile high club" in the video.
While Assraf's version is relatively more G-rated with no passengers finding themselves seduced in the bathroom of the A330 jet, it's just as salacious as the original version itself.
Dare I say... his moves are better than Britney's?