Spears premiered this song at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2001. Arriving at the show with her boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, the 19-year-old Spears carried a live snake - a 7-foot albino Burmese python named Banana - on her shoulders during the performance, which was set to look like a jungle, complete with a caged tiger. Choreographer Wade Robson said he was going for an Adam & Eve theme.
Britney was the big VMA draw at the time and expected to do something outrageous. The previous year, she stripped off most of her clothes while performing "Satisfaction