On February 5, Hulu and FX premiered the New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which centers on the #FreeBritney movement, a fan-led campaign to re-evaluate or possibly end Britney Spears’s conservatorship. (For more info on the conservatorship, click here.)
Thanks to the documentary, the conversation around Spears’s ability to control her own life has reached a new level. It’s not just fan accounts anymore; many celebrities are now tweeting “#FreeBritney.”
Unsurprisingly, the most vocal celeb support is coming from other women. Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tamron Hall, rapper Rico Nasty, and Meghan McCain all tweeted “Free Britney” or “#FreeBritney” within the past week, and Miley Cyrus gave Brit a shout-out during her Super Bowl tailgate performance. (Cyrus has also spoken about #FreeBritney before.)
Kacey Musgraves posted an Instagram Story about the doc, writing, “Everyone should watch the NY Times documentary on Britney Spears that just came out. Never has one person been so used and abandoned by every facet around her. My heart goes out to her. She has always been such an inspiration to me my whole kid/teen life.”
Cher has also voiced her thoughts:
Khloé Kardashian, meanwhile, wrote in an IG coment, “I am praying for queen Britney! So so so sad.”
Beyond the conservatorship and a reckoning over how the media treats young female stars, the doc also revisits Spears’s relationship with Justin Timberlake. In his 2003 “Cry Me a River” video, Timberlake painted himself as the victim of Spears’s alleged infidelity. However, he then went on national radio publicly bragging about having sex with her. The media sided with Timberlake and made Spears, as Framing Britney put it, the “school slut.” This, compounded with the annual call for Timberlake to apologize to Janet Jackson for that 2004 Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction,” made social media this weekend ripe with Justin criticism.
McCain even re-tweeted one fan asking, “What is Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s plan to finally make Justin Timberlake pay for his crimes against Janet Jackson and Britney Spears?”