The sixth episode of the documentary on Britney Spears, titled ‘Framing Britney Spears’ was released on 5th January, and the doc has stirred quite a lot of sensitive topics on Britney’s life. The documentary debuted on Hulu and FX and is absolutely amazing as well as saddening.
The Conservatorship and Legal battle
‘Framing Britney Spears’ focuses primarily on Britney’s conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement, starting from her childhood to her court battles today.
Back in January 2008, Britney Spears had to be hospitalized after what appeared to be a drug-related breakdown. After an emergency court hearing, custody of her two sons was given to their father Kevin Federline, and she was placed under a legal “conservatorship” controlled by her father, Jamie Spears.
However, even now, the pop star who has made a name for herself all over the world and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, still happens to have no control over her personal finances and the conservatorship remains.
The social movement, #FreeBritney has completely taken over social media. In 2008, the pop star had admitted to her fans and followers that she wanted her conservatorship to end. In the recent episode of ‘Framing Britney Spears’, she even admits that she wanted to feel ‘liberated’.
“I didn’t then, nor do I now, understand what a conservatorship is, especially for somebody capable of so much,” Spears’ friend and former assistant Felicia Culotta say.
Being ‘Framed’ by Justin Timberlake
The documentary also showed Britney’s failed relationship with Justin Timberlake, whom she had dated for 3 years, until 2002. We see that the documentary features incidents that followed their break up. Justin very easily painted Britney as the villain in the relationship when he released his song “Cry Me a River”, and in the music video, we see a lookalike of Spears, who is portrayed as a cheater.
The documentary also showed an interview where Justin used Britney to get fame as he kept talking about having sex with Britney, all the while Britney publicly maintained that she was a virgin (not that it’s anyone’s business). It is disgusting to see the way Justin talks about her, portraying himself as the “school quarterback” while Britney as the “high school slut”. When he’s asked on the radio, “Did you fuck Britney Spears” he laughs and says, “Okay, I did it.”. This is a look into how women are still sexualized and objectified by men.
After watching the documentary, fans have been demanding Justin to apologize to Britney Spears for tarnishing her image the way that he did back then.
Watching this Britney doc and YES 2021 in the year we publicly acknowledge that Justin Timberlake LAUNCHED HIS CAREER BY SLUT-SHAMING BRITNEY. He completely capitalized on their private relationship. Dickhole. #FramingBritneySpears
— Lady from the Poconos (@ladypocono) February 6, 2021
Never forget Justin Timberlake launched his solo career by throwing Britney under the bus & Janet Jackson soon after 🤬 #FramingBritneySpears
— Timothée’s sequin harness (@tcke88) February 6, 2021
— Britney Fan 🌹 (@BritneyHiatus) February 6, 2021
I’m watching #FramingBritneySpears and I said this 20 years ago and I’ll say it again….Justin Timberlake is trash. Unfortunately he’s a white straight male who will continue to get a hall pass for his bullshit. #FreeBritney pic.twitter.com/q6G4bz2wil
— N△NCY L (@xonancy) February 6, 2021
The documentary, produced and directed by Samantha Stark, has raised some serious questions about the sexism that surrounds us. What Britney Spears had to face and go through, will never be something a male pop star will face.
As the name of the documentary says, Spears was framed. She was trapped and punished for things she had no part in.