Britney Spears is finally addressing the latest media frenzy surrounding her life. The “Toxic” singer took to social media this week to acknowledge the documentaries coming out about her career and her 13-year conservatorship, and she has some pretty clear feelings about these projects: they’re hypocritical.
“2021 is definitely way better than 2020 but I never knew it was gonna be like THIS,” Spears shared on Instagram on May 3 along with an accompanying video of herself dancing to a French ditty. “So many documentaries about me this year with other people's takes on my life ... what can I say … I’m deeply flattered !!!! These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticize the media and then do the same thing.”
Spears was the subject of last February’s The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears (stream it now on Crave), as well as the recently released BBC project The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship. Both films focus on the media frenzy that has surrounded Spears her whole life.
The singer seemed to specifically take offense to the negative tone in the docs. She called out filmmakers for only focusing on the negative, when she herself feels that there is so much to celebrate and to be thankful for.
“Damn … I don’t know y’all but I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I've had some pretty tough times in my life ... I've had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends … I think the world is more interested in the negative,” she continued.
“I mean … isn't this supposed to be a business and society about THE FUTURE???? Why highlight the most negative and traumatizing times in my life from forever ago ???? I mean DAMN.”
The post comes on the heels of Spears’ lawyer revealing last week that the singer wants to address the court in her ongoing conservatorship battle next month. The 39-year-old has been actively trying to remove her father from conservatorship of her person and her $60 million estate for months now, but this will be the first time she will speak directly about it in court.
According to TMZ, Spears is “angry at her dad and has virtually no interaction with him anymore.” And, unless the singer is speaking about a medical condition, the hearing should be open to the media and public and fans can watch it all on Zoom.
This isn’t the first time Spears has addressed the documentaries on social media. In a post from March 30 she revealed that she was “embarrassed by the light they put me in” and that she cried for two weeks.”
A couple of days later Us Weekly reported that Spears was actually more upset than she let on. “She’s embarrassed by the documentary mainly because her kids [Sean Preston, 15 and Jayden, 14] are at the age where they can access it and watch what their mom has gone through,” the publication quoted a source as saying.
“It’s turned into a nightmare for her because she can’t imagine what her kids are going to think now, and it’s certainly triggered some emotions from her past,” the source continued. “She’s a major pop star, but she’s still a human being who is super sensitive and, sadly, is really affected by the public’s opinion about her.”
Unfortunately for the singer, it appears as though Spears will have to face at least one more project coming her way. Netflix is working on a film about Spears from director Erin Lee Carr, a filmmaker whose specialty is true crime documentaries. The movie was in the works before Framing Britney debuted, but at time of press it’s unclear when it will drop.
Despite the singer’s feelings about it, Framing Britney has definitely changed the conversation surrounding how the media treats women—specifically younger women—in the spotlight and the double standard when it comes to their male counterparts.
“We were all truly surprised at what a reception there was,” director Samantha Stark recently told Deadline. “Britney Spears, for a long time, was not taken seriously, was made fun of a lot, you can see throughout her life, with the media coverage. I was worried people would continue to do that, to make fun of that…but it was really, really incredible to see people really ‘get’ what we were trying to show.”
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