Why watching “Framing Britney Spears” will change your mind
Britney Spears was definitely a landmark in popular culture. Not only did her songs have catchy choreographies that made everyone want to dance and sing like her, like the ones from Oops!… I Did It Again or Baby One More Time, but she was also very sweet, something that always characterized her. She became a world icon from a very young age. Some called her the Princess of Pop and was even labeled as the best teenage artist of all time before turning 20.
To understand her story, The New York Times produced a documentary series that, in its sixth episode, called Framing Britney Spears, tells us all about the life of the young artist. It premiered on 5th February 2021, and was directed by producer Samantha Stark, known for her work in Duplicity (2009).
Framing Britney Spears shows us Britney’s most difficult times after her crisis in the mid-2000s, and the role the press had on it. Furthermore, it reveals how she was admitted to a mental health center and how she found out that her father was now her tutor. According to Britney, her father was never present during her career and confirms that he was the one that forced her to get medical help through legal proceedings. The singer also had to face losing the custody of her children and not being able to have access to her fortune. Moreover, the documentary explores the sexist campaign against Britney on behalf of the industry throughout her career, and we can also take a closer look at the media, friends and family that failed her over and over again.
The documentary fueled the fire of the #FreeBritney movement created in 2008 by her fans. They ask her father, Jaime Spears, to no longer have guardianship over her, so she can have total control of her career, money and personal life. When the court of Los Angeles ruled against her, the artist showed her discontent and said: “This guardianship is paying the salary of many people. I am fed up. I’m not happy.”
The documentary is currently available in Brazil on Globoplay, in Spain on Movistar Plus, and in South Africa on Hulu. However, it’s still not available in Mexico, but it’s most likely to be in the catalogue of a paid TV service like FX.
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