Britney Spears has been making headlines for decades now.
A former child-star and member of the Mickey Mouse Club, she became a household name in 1998, with the release of ‘Hit Me Baby (One More Time)’.
What should have been a long and glittering career came crashing down in 2007, and she has been under a conservatorship ever since. Britney has currently been trying to remove herself from her father’s control. In November, Spears lost a legal attempt to remove her father’s control over her estate, which he has had for 12 years.
She is back in the spotlight at the moment following the release of Framing Britney Spears. It’s a new documentary that aired this week in the US, and looks at how the media and everyone else treated Britney.
It focuses on her mental health, stardom, and the way she was talked about when going through a challenging time.
“I’ll Always Love Being On Stage”
Following the documentary, Britney has said she is “taking the time to learn and be a normal person”
Alongside a video of her song ‘Toxic’, Spears wrote: “I’ll always love being on stage, but I am taking the time to learn and be a normal person. I love simply enjoying the basics of everyday life!”
Next, she continues: “Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives.”
“Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person’s life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens.”
However, her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, was a little more forthright as he criticised her father online.
“It’s important for people to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles our way,” he wrote on Instagram, also calling Jamie Spears a “total d**k”.
The new documentary was made by the New York Times.
“The documentary adds to the critical conversation we are having about women, agency and trauma,” said an NBC review.
“In the tradition of so many ‘madwomen in the attic’ stories before her, Framing Britney Spears asks what happens when the door is opened to reveal not a frothing hag but hints of a quirky, completely competent human who benefits from meaningful work, time with her children and an Instagram account.”
The #FreeBritney movement has been gaining traction for years, with concerned fans convinced she is being held prisoner.
Celebrities have been tweeting in support of Britney following the documentary.
Paramore singer Hayley Williams was horrified by what was shown.
Many people are calling for further changes in the way we talk about celebrities.
Glamour Magazine has put a post on Instagram apologising to the star.
“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.”
Taking A Stand
A viral clip shows a TV host refusing to mock Spears at the height of her misery. Former Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson’s was on camera, explaining why he won’t mock Britney Spears.
“Comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it,” Ferguson declared. “It should be about us attacking the powerful people, attacking the politicians and the Trumps and the blowhards, going after them. We shouldn’t be attacking the vulnerable people.”
He continued: “I think my aim’s been off a bit recently. I want to change it a bit. So tonight, no Britney Spears jokes and here’s why.”
“The kind of weekend she had, she was checking in and out of rehab, she was shaving her head, getting tattoos, that’s what she was doing this weekend,” he said. “This Sunday, I was 15 years sober. So I looked at her weekend and I looked at my own weekend and I thought, ‘You know, I’d rather have my weekend.’”
In 2019, Ferguson revealed he feared he would be sacked for his stance.
He told the Los Angeles Times: “I thought, ‘They’re going to fire me for this.’” “And actually the opposite happened, and everyone seemed to be very happy about it …. [I] wanted to put myself in the position of what Ms. Spears had been in that weekend, [to show] that I understood, that I identified with her discomfort.”
“And I because I had done that, other people identified with me too.”
Celeb gossip column Page Six claims Britney’s father “grounded” her for three weeks last summer as she went for a walk with a friend.
Britney’s ex, Justin Timberlake is also receiving a lot of criticism following the documentary. Not only for his behaviour around Britney, but also for the infamous Superbowl incident too.
So what can be done to help Britney? Legal battles are still ongoing, and following the documentary, many of her supporters are hoping word will spread even further.
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