The internet expressed its support to Britney Spears upon seeing a newly released documentary that details the disturbing realities about the pop star’s career and personal life– from how misogynistic press has mistreated her to the latest scoops on the well-known conservatorship saga.
Titled ‘Framing Britney Spears,’ the documentary by ‘The New York Times’ reinforces the #FreeBritney movement launched by fans in 2019 to raise awareness on the complexities of the controversial conservatorship.
If you’re not familiar with the term, a conservatorship is a legal arrangement where a guardian is appointed by a judge to have full authority over someone’s finances and life decisions due to their physical and mental inability to look after themselves. In Britney’s case, it’s her father, Jamie, who is the ‘conservator,’ while Britney is considered the ‘conservatee.’
If you remember back in 2008, the ‘Toxic’ singer became the center of media attention after a public breakdown. A year of erratic acts– such as that much-documented incident where she shaved her head– caused Spears to be placed on a psychiatric hold at a Los Angeles hospital. It was during that time when Jamie Spears was legally put in the position to take charge of most aspects of Britney’s life, from her finances, health, up to her personal decisions.
The documentary, which is now available on Hulu, sheds light on how the public went too hard on Britney, showing footage of various hosts and personalities harassing the young woman, paparazzi relentlessly crossing her boundaries, and interviews where she is asked questions that are simply too inappropriate for her age.
While the public outcry to free Britney Spears from the overly strict conservatorship has been around for years now, the documentary served as a wake-up call for people that the now 39-year-old performer is yet to free herself from all the troubles caused by the long-running court-ordered arrangement. And thanks to it, more and more people have begun rallying behind Britney.
Glamour Magazine, who admits to having enabled Britney’s troubled years, took to Instagram and issued an apology. “We are all to blame for what happened to Britney Spears – we may not have caused her downfall, but we funded it. And we can try to make up for that.” #FreeBritney,” said the online women’s magazine.
Even celebrities have joined the online rally, using their own platform to even amplify the uproar.
Good morning! have a great day! And: #FreeBritney
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 8, 2021
the Framing Britney Spears doc holy fuck.
no artist today would have to endure the literal torture that media/society/utter misogynists inflicted upon her.
the mental health awareness conversation, culturally, could never be where it is without the awful price she has paid.
— hayley from Paramore
(@yelyahwilliams) February 6, 2021
Y’all..it’s plaguing me that nobody knows if @britneyspears is truly okay. Really hoping that if she isn’t she can formally vocalize it in some way and that she knows all of us on the outside really give a shit about her well-being.
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) February 8, 2021
#FramingBritneySpears is a gut punch.
So many horrible men/leeches in her life
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— Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) February 7, 2021
Well, I watched the Britney doc and unfortunately my takeaway is that our entire society is a humiliating, violently misogynist failure and I’m ashamed of a media culture that, for decades, villainized her for money and sport, conditioning us to think it was funny. #FreeBritney
— Matt Rogers (@MattRogersTho) February 7, 2021
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