Framing Britney Spears explores the Free Britney movement and the ways in which her conservatorship affects her. The powerful new documentary analyses Britney's career, her conservatorship and the Free Britney movement. It explores the ways in which the media mistreated her, the disregard for her mental health and how she became locked in a contract in which her father, Jamie Spears, controls her assets. Shortly after the documentary aired, Free Britney began trending online again with many celebrities joining the conversation.
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Following the headline-making release of the new Hulu and New York Times— produced documentary, Framing Britney Spears, fans, celebrities, and peers of the pop star alike have been calling to " Free Britney. Now, Britney has taken to Instagram to address the world's concern. In her statement, Britney does not outright address the new documentary or reignited social media movement, but she does address performing on the big stage. The mention is significant, because in recent court documents, Britney revealed via her lawyer that she will not work again until her father is removed as the head of her conservatorship.
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The "Free Britney" movement is picking up steam. Celebrities are showing their support for Britney Spears after watching the documentary Framing Britney Spears on Hulu. While the "Free Britney" movement created by fans has been going on for years, the documentary was the first real acknowledgement of the claims that Spears was essentially being held hostage. The new documentary offers a look inside her life in the spotlight and the mistreatment she endured from the media, the paparazzi, and the public as a whole, as well as her court-mandated conservatorship headed by her father Jamie Spears.
She's been an icon, a punchline, and everything in between. But in The New York Times' documentary, "Framing Britney Spears," currently airing on FX and on Hulu, Britney is presented as a victim—of the people she trusted, particularly men; of the press that never left her alone to heal; of the forces that catapulted her to superstardom and then mocked her misery. The film delves into the ups and downs of Britney's life, from her days as America's sweetheart to her present-day conservatorship that allows her limited control over her own life. It casts a harsh light on Justin Timberlake, who forced her to play the villain in the narrative of their breakup, and the media, who pushed her to her limits and then mocked her when she cracked.