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NYT’s Framing Britney Spears Documentary Is Causing A Stir


The New York Times’ Framing Britney Spears documentary continues to stir conversations on social media following its release last Friday.

The revelatory, unauthorized documentary has taken viewers over the difficult path the pop star had to survive.

According to Entertainment Tonight, however, it seems Britney is aware of the documentary.

The unauthorized project premiered on FX and Hulu last Friday, February 5, featuring Britney’s rise to fame—her mental health challenges, inappropriate treatment by unrelenting media, and the discord over her conservatorship controlled mostly by her father, Jamie Spears.

Jamie became Britney’s legal conservator in 2008 after a series of emotional breakdown incidents that culminated in Britney being involuntarily committed to her father to take over her wellbeing and finances.

Aside from Britney’s current legal battle to be released from the ongoing conservatorship, the documentary also shed light on the viral, fan-led #FreeBritney movement and unpacks the bizarre media whirlpool that has plagued the pop star since she was 17 years old. 

Britney broke down in tears over her painful split with Justin Timberlake in an ABC interview in 2002. (Image: YouTube)

In the wake of social media uproar and speculations surrounding her wellbeing, Britney posted on her social media accounts Tuesday that she’s focused on being “a normal person.” 

“I’ll always love being on stage,” Spears captioned a throwback video of herself performing “Toxic” three years ago. “But I am taking the time to learn and be a normal person… I love simply enjoying the basics of every day life!”

Moreover, the 39-year-old pop star advised her fans to take what they see with a grain of salt, reminding them that “each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories.”

“We all have so many different bright, beautiful lives,” she wrote. “

“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!”

The pop icon’s boyfriend, Sam Asghari, also joined the masses of fans speaking out about the treatment of Britney on social media on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old model has explicitly called out his girlfriend’s father on his Instagram Story.

“Now 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. “In my opinion, Jamie is a total (expletive). I won’t be going into details because I’ve always respected our privacy but at the same time, I didn’t come to this country to not be able to express my opinion and freedom.”

Asghari met Britney in 2016 on the set of her “Slumber Party” music video, and the couple made their red carpet debut together in 2019 at the premiere for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”

Other celebrities are also speaking out following the documentary’s release, including talk show host Tamron Hall, who tweeted, “It’s an understatement to call it heartbreaking.”

Fashion designer Christian Siriano posted that he wanted “so much” to help Spears, and Paramore singer Hayley Williams addressed Spears’ suffering.

“No artist today would have to endure the literal torture that media/society/utter misogynists inflicted upon her,” wrote Williams. “The mental health awareness conversation, culturally, could never be where it is without the awful price she has paid.”

—(Source: USA Today)

Curious? Framing Britney Spears documentary is now streaming on Hulu.

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