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Why We Should Care About Britney Spears and Her Freedom

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How did Britney Get Here?

When you watch the New York Times / FX documentary on Framing Britney Spears you may find yourself becoming very angry. Especially if you are a woman.

I myself was working in the music industry when Britney’s career skyrocketed. And I was in the industry when she had her public melt-downs.  I can tell you that the people that I knew at that time that were close to Britney were doing their very best to help her work and sing and dance and do what she truly loved to do, which was to be the best entertainer.

 

At such as young age from the tiniest of towns, Britney was absolutely determined to be the star that she has become.

The tragedy unfolds as she climbs up the ladder of success. Because, for over twelve years, Britney Spears has been under the conservatorship of her father Jamie Spears. Recently Britney has asked to have someone other than her father, manage her well being and her money.

So why is it so hard for her to remove her father from her conservatorship? After all, Britney has been working for over the last 20 years, effectively and gloriously. Which includes her Vegas residency which ran for over four years. She is an able bodied super star female who can manage her money and her life.

So why the conservatorship in the first place? Why does her Instagram account appear that Britney is imprisoned in her own home? Sure, we are all under quarantine with the pandemic, however fans have been working on unraveling her mysterious and cryptic messages Britney has been posting on her IG.

It is hard not to look at Britney’s instagram without looking at the post comments. You have those posting direct messages to Britney directly showing support for her and her freedom. And you are also seeing people speculate on her mental health. And whether or not she is well.

Meanwhile, Britney is smiling, dancing and wishing nothing but pure goodness to those who follow her. She tells her fans she is discovering the simple things and how to live a normal life. Which would be believable with the exception of the fact that she is dancing in her instagram, hinting she is ready to get out there and perform again.

While Britney accepts that she will be under conservatorship, she no longer wants her dad to be in control of her person, what she does, whom she sees as well as her finances, which includes her entire estate and the jobs she takes on.

 

So what is the hold up?

Britney is refusing to work as long as her father is her conservator. So here we are. We know Britney is capable of working harder than anyone. And any pushback on her talent has more to do with the fact that she is comfortable in her body and embraced her sexuality at a young age. Which, sadly, the era that Britney had shot to stardom was the Monica Lewinsky era. Where a scarlet letter was placed on any female if she were sexual in nature. And look, she is not the first.. I mean Madonna still gets shit for dating men younger than her. But a man her age would never be under the same scrutiny.  And that wrecking ball beauty Miley Cyrus? Where do I start….

 

Justin Timberlake

I don’t want to sell Justin down the river that he asked Britney to cry for him when they broke up. But an apology now publicly is just too little too late. Join the movement to free her if you really care. But this is just misogyny is at its finest. So when you watch the Diane Sawyers interview during the documentary you can’t help but envision actual gaslighting by a pollyanna news anchor. Mothers were upset? Because Britney soared and she refused to be locked into this role of a female not allowed to be comfortable in her own body?? It really seemed like everyone wanted to literally wipe the smile off her face. But you know what? So far, she is still smiling.  And her genuine spirit has all of her fans having her back. And that support is growing by the day.

 

What You Can Do

Follow Britney on Instagram. It really does appear to be her own account.

You can listen to this podcast for the latest updates

And you can sign this petition to #FreeBrtiney via Change.org

You can watch the documentary via Hulu

 

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