Ever since the explosive FX special Framing Britney Spears documentary aired this summer, the world has been made aware of several accusations, conspiracy theories, and truths about Spears’ conservatorship, which began in 2008.
Earlier this summer, the grassroots movement #freebritney has gained the support of fans around the world, who follow along in social media and gather in front of the Los Angeles Superior Court, hoping that the end of this emotional jail sentence will be over for the singer in the months to come.
Tonight CNN premiered their special Toxic:Britney Spears Battle For Freedom, which explored the explosive revelations that emerged out of Spears’ tireless fight to end her 13-year conservatorship. The report also examined critical conversations around tabloid culture, mental health, and the treatment of women in media.
On Tuesday, Netflix will premiere Britney vs Britney, which will share Spears’ words combined with interview clips from lawyers, medical experts and other parties examining the conservatorship. The special is set to air the day before the pop star’s next court hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th.
Erin Lee Carr, who directed the documentary and was also behind the New York Times‘ documentary Framing Britney Spears, told the Los Angeles Times, “This is a two-and-a-half years-long investigative process into the conservatorship. There has been an amazing amount of coverage, but that’s a really long time to be focused on this. We wanted to be the definitive place to understand the beginning, middle and hopefully what we will find out as the end of this saga.”
Spears’ fiancé, Sam Asghari, commented on a teaser for the doc on his personal Instagram, saying, “I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney.”
Asghari is not alone. I, for one wonder: The media has not noting but belittle and minuscule Spears amid her mental health battle, but now they are her biggest supporters. Oh, the hypocrisy.
How did we get here? When Spears and Justin Timberlake broke up in 2002, tabloids and the media turned on her. Diane Sawyer created an avalanche of criticism, when she confronted Spears and said she caused the ‘Nsync singer so much “pain and suffering” and had broken his heart.
For the months that followed the world turned on her. At any given moment, there were paparazzi following her every move, making it an incredibly suffocating way to live.
By 2007, after years of scrutiny and criticism, she was broken. The girl-next-door turned poster vixen had shown so many erratic behaviors that she ended up shaving her head, placed on a 5150 hold, lost custody of her children, and placed on a temporary conservatorship, which was made permanent later that year.
One year later, the world was pleasantly surprised when the singer released Circus, followed by a world tour. We all thought she had made a comeback, when in reality, she was just a puppeteer being handled by her own father, Jaime Spears.
In an MTV documentary that aired the same year, Spears claimed she didn’t feel heard and that she was “sad.” At the time, it is believed that her father only let her read Christian books, her cel phone was being monitored, and her family had control of her every aspect of her life, including her friends. She was treated more of like object than a human.
Thirteen years later, Spears will finally gain the life she’s been fighting for. she strongly believes her father has done some fraudulent activity with her money and would like to get to the bottom of this.
“I want to press charges against my father…I want an investigation about my dad” she said via phone during her court hearing.
In August of 2021, her father filed a petition to end the conservatorship. In a statement to CNN, his lawyers explained that the goal of the conservatorship was to help her “regain custody of her children, rehabilitating her career, and being in a position to live the life she wants to live.”
Next week, we hope to hear that Spears is finally free to live her own life. She has the right to be happy, to get married, to run and dance and sing and enjoy as much as her life just like the rest of us. Since her conservatorship began, she has recorded albums and was a judge on the X-Factor. She has certainly shown that she is fully capable to taking care of herself and her career without anyone having control over her any longer.
Spears deserves the world. She was only 17 when she became MTV’s little darling star. Now at 39, she has lived her life, and wants nothing but to live a simple life with her kids, her husband-to-be, and explore new career endeavors that will once again open her creativity and let her embrace the world she once knew.