Britney Spears is one of the most well-known stars alive, her hit music still continuously played and her influence helps countless groups like the LGBTQ+ community who cherish her songs as gospel. Unfortunately, stardom took its toll on Britney as it has on thousands of others which led to her being placed in an involuntary conservatorship, which is controlled by her father and a lawyer.
Now over 10 years later with the Framing Britney Spears doc airing, many fellow celebrities are rushing to her aide in hopes of getting her out from under the thumb of her father.
Framing Britney Spears
Britney Spears has been headline fodder as of late due to her tough battle to gain back even slight control in her conservatorship. All of her simple requests are being rejected and she has even been denied her own representation, as her father Jaime Spears's lawyers speak on behalf of Britney.
Now Framing Britney Spears is exposing just how deep this control goes. The New York Times did a deep dive into how Britney was pushed to the edge of sanity and her brave journey back to stability but also how even as she got her life back, her father refused to relinquish control of his adult daughter.
The conservatorship was put in place in 2008 when Britney was suffering from an emotional breakdown and has not been lifted or re-evaluated since. Under the conservatorship, Britney has no control of her estate, financial, or personal assets. Some believe that she doesn't even have control of her very own social media accounts. Since the beginning of her conservatorship, she has begged for her father not to be at the reigns but all of her requests are denied.
The doc showed footage from a 10-year-old MTV interview where Britney emotionally confessed, "If I wasn't under the restraints that I’m under right now, you know, with all the lawyers and doctors, and people analyzing me every day, and all that kind of stuff. Like, if that wasn’t there, I would feel so liberated and feel like myself."
"When I tell them the way I feel, it's like they hear me but they're really not listening. They're hearing what they want to hear. They’re not really listening to what I'm telling them. It's like... it's bad. I'm sad."
Variety even reported that last year Britney attempted to have her father Jaime removed as her main conservator. She even refused to continue to perform as long as he was in control of her finances, health, media appearances, and show bookings so she cancelled her Las Vegas residency indefinitely. Her lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III argued to the judge in 2020, "My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career."
The director of the film told Variety, "The central mystery of our film is that she’s living the life of a busy pop star, and yet we’re being told that she’s at risk constantly. She’s making millions of dollars, and yet, we’re told she's incapable of making decisions that are in her own best interest. That’s such a conflict, so it’s hard to understand why it’s happening, and so many of the court records are sealed."
Celebrity Support of #FreeBritney
Now that the doc has aired, endless celebrities are rushing to the "Toxic" singer's defense. Many celebrities are now explaining they are not surprised Britney appears young and almost stunted in her odd social media posts considering she cannot escape her father's tight control. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Courtney Love, Tamron Hall, Shea Couleé, Andy Cohen, Heather Matarazzo, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Bette Midler, Vanessa Carlton, Khloé Kardashian, and countless others are voicing their support and encouraging the #FreeBritney movement.
The hosts of The Talk are even asking for Diane Sawyer to apologize for her misogynistic and rude questioning of extremely young Britney in the 2003 interview. Diane Sawyer has been in hot water for her cruel and demeaning treatment of some of her female guests before like Whitney Houston.
Nick Codero's widow Amanda Kloots explained, "I watched this the other night, and I was shocked. I don’t think the interviews that you see on this documentary would even be allowed today…I think Diane Sawyer does owe her an apology; I think the whole world owes her an apology, the paparazzi owe her an apology…it’s heartbreaking to see what this poor girl went through."
Sharon Osbourne added, "She has always seemed very young to me anyway, but there she was a baby; she was just a little girl. And it’s like, it doesn’t seem appropriate to talk to a little girl with that tone."
Check out some of the stars voicing support for Britney spears here:
Reminder that #FreeBritney is a disability rights issue and people deemed mentally ill like her deserve self determination & compassionate care, not involuntary commitments, conservatorships and taking away one's kids - how could that possibly help one's mental health?— Sara Pearl (@skenigsberg) February 9, 2021
Good morning! have a great day! And: #FreeBritney— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 8, 2021
Finally watched the "Framing of Britney Spears" on Hulu. It's an understatement to call it heartbreaking. #FreeBritney— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) February 8, 2021
Britney Spears was competent enough to serve as a judge on a network TV show and perform all these dates in a major Las Vegas residency, but we're being told she's not competent enough to have the power to make simple decisions in her life.— Yashar Ali (@yashar) February 9, 2021
Doesn't add up! #FreeBritney pic.twitter.com/BSisgeV17J