“This is really sad that she said that Eww, this was Britney Spears’ response during a 2003 interview when it became known that the Maryland governor’s wife had publicly stated she wanted her shoot The interviewer does not share Britney’s horror, as was to be expected, but presses it on the clothes she wears, the image she sets for teenagers, the task of not having sex before marriage why she is actually worth shot Britney, then 21 years old, bursts into tears

This is just a harrowing excerpt from Framing Britney Spears, the New York Times documentary that premiered in the US over the weekend.It doesn’t just get this hazy potential exploitation she’s embroiled in as a deep dive into that gnarled reality of Britney Spears’ controversial legal protection under her father and a look at the #FreeBritney campaign that followed it is indeed all that leads to It is the media coverage of and around her public collapse, so this breakdown was reported and most unpleasant is it us

We worshiped Britney as the pop teen king and then watched as gleefully as she untangled before our eyes, shaved her head and smashed a car with an umbrella. Even now, her agony has become a slogan: “If Britney Can Survive 2007, Can Get Through Today “that you can buy for mugs and t-shirts Already now their misery is our entertainment

This is the disturbing reality of the Framing Britney documentary – How Complicated You Feel After It is chronologically building the building blocks of Britney’s story, from cute small-town Louisiana girl to megawatt fame to global punch line, it is obviously scary how obvious her mistreatment was from the start You wonder how you never noticed On her first TV appearance where she comes out with a song in a voice that contradicts her age, presenter Ed McMahon decides to just ask, whether she has a boyfriend Tellingly, 11-year-old Britney replies; “No, they are mean”

When she gets famous, the coverage focuses on her skirts, schoolgirl outfits, abdominals, and literally a whole question about her breasts in one interview (“I have to ask everyone is talking about her”) a journalist asks her as to whether she’s a virgin during a press conference, and she actually thanks him for his question before declaring that she wants to wait for marriage.As then her very public separation from Justin Timberlake through Timberlake’s blatant candor reveals that on a radio show she actually had sex with him, this is also plastered in the press. Britney is insulted for it – the wife of a governor even cares for her blood Justin Timberlake is worshiped as the god who deflowered the pop queen, and as a magazine cover says : “At least he got in Britney’s pants”’

From then on, the narrative becomes more gruesome Britney is now the fallen woman, no thanks to a narrative created and promoted by her ex the bad influence these mothers always knew was meanwhile, Timberlake is focused on his subsequent solo success and even uses a Britney look in one of his videos, her marriage to Kevin Federline being scorned, her parenting being so criticized that she is forced to answer questions about whether she is a bad mother in live TV interviews during this time, a throw-away comment from a source is repeated in the documentary, which is from Britney’s mother, Lynne Spears, who believed her daughter was suffering Postnatal Depression With this information you are watching this young woman trying to get her baby out of a car while a bunch of paparazzi are pushing her, yelling at her, berating her and wondering how this could ever happen

“Do you wish the photographers left you alone?” asks an interviewer who recently questioned her parenting

“Yes,” Britney nods and bursts into tears. She is heavily pregnant with her second son at the time

We see this swelling crowd around them at their worst, on their way to a lawsuit to seek custody of their children during their divorce from Federline, or at a crucial moment to try to see their children as Federline Britney Denied Access That final moment is the context for the now infamous umbrella shot, the photographer who took it is interviewed in the documentary They see her crying in her car and begging her to leave her alone, and then she snaps / p>

“Did you ever think that she just wanted you to leave her alone?” The documentary filmmaker asks the paparazzo whose car she infamously smashed

When you see this, you are ready to grab Britney the umbrella, the entire documentary seems to be building up to this point, the shaved head that seems like a middle finger to the press, the anger of a woman who just stops being molested can endure, it’s a pressure valve that is about to explode At that moment you think; She should be a heroine, not a punchline

However, the documentary shows how influenced we were by this coverage, how quickly we disgraced the narrative of her fall without ever questioning what caused it or how subjective that “grace” was in the first place realize that we have never really questioned their sanity or sympathized with their struggles We simply accepted that she was having a “breakdown” without ever questioning what it meant or what crucially led to it, and instead treated her mental well-being as a car crash television

The Britney framing reveals that the legal conservatory that followed those moments and that still exists is a shocking and suspiciously exploitative reality for Britney, still effectively controlled by her father, however, we leave the documentary with regret that we never stopped questioning how a woman could have gotten to that point as we ever allowed the little girl we all adored to be so ruthlessly chewed up and spat out as we all sat back and watched

In retrospect, it’s easy to gasp for breath and feel like this would never happen today, and yet in many ways it still is. Think of the cruel and pointed bile that is often used for reporting Thinking about the headlines that dragged Caroline Flack before her suicide. Think about the yo-yo of praise and condemnation that stars like Taylor Swift suffer from. Think about how none of these bizarre, intrusive, and often shocking Personal public interrogation is imposed on male celebrities This is the twisted reality of women in the spotlight who are held to an impossible double standard and destined to be publicly abused like Britney forever, never celebrated like Justin in the end you wonder what is going on it really at #FreeBritney? Should we deliver them from their father or from us?

Framing Britney Spears is available now on Hulu in the US A release date for the UK will be announced shortly

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