Framing Britney Spears is the most talked about documentary in America right now and is coming to the UK – how and when can we see it?
And what is the controversy about? Here is everything you need to know …
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Framing Britney Spears: What Is It About?
Framing Britney Spears is an unauthorized documentary primarily focused on the singer’s current legal battle with her father Jamie.
Produced by the New York Times, it investigates Britney’s attempts to remove her father from her conservatory.
Britney fans will know that their father has a court-appointed guardianship that is usually reserved for the elderly and the frail.
Incredibly, Britney may have no control over her own money and is fighting her 68-year-old father to take control of her £ 46m empire.
He has controlled Britney’s finances since 2008 after she suffered a very public collapse.
Britney was placed under a temporary conservatory by Jamie and an attorney named Andrew Wallet.
The doctor also examines how 39-year-old Britney has been questioned and sexualized in public.
It looks back on her pop career and well-documented mental health problems.
Framing Britney Spears: How Can I See It?
Framing Britney Spears was released in the US earlier this year, but now it’s coming to the UK.
The documentary will air on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9 p.m. on Sky Documentaries and NOW TV.
It can then be viewed on NOW TV on request.
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Why did the documentary create such controversy?
The documentary sparked sympathy for Britney and fueled the huge #FreeBritney movement of supportive fans.
Many celebrities, including Miley Cyrus and Sarah Jessica Parker, have also endorsed the movement and endorsed Britney.
Paramore singer Hayley Williams tweeted saying, “No artist today would have to endure the literal torture that media / society / utter misogynists have inflicted on her.”
Sheridan Smith tweeted, “Oh my god, someone sent me a copy of the Britney documentary and it’s heartbreaking. Really come to me.
“I hope you are all well. Especially in this garbage time. Please contact us if you need any help #MentalHealthMatters (sic). ”
The popular singer and actor Justin Timberlake (40) comes off badly in the documentary.
Britney dated ex-boyfriend Justin from 1999 to 2002.
When they broke up, audio clips were released showing Justin grossly bragging about sleeping with the star.
He has since apologized.
In a statement to his 60 million Instagram followers, he said he was “deeply sorry” and wanted to “take responsibility”.
Framing Britney Spears asks important questions about the legality of her circumstances, as well as misogyny and sexism in the media as a whole.
What did Britney say about the documentary?
Britney did not respond directly to the documentary and does not appear in it.
However, she recently posted a video on Instagram where she performed Toxic on stage three years ago.
She told her 27 million online followers, “I will always love being on stage.
“But I take the time to learn and be a normal person. I just love to enjoy the basics of everyday life! “
What did critics say?
The Evening Standard describes the document as “gripping but disturbing”.
One review says: “Even if it doesn’t change anything legally for you, it confirms your legacy as a star in a generation – and crucially shames the misogynists and rubberneckers who have pursued your career.”
Says Variety, “This film offers a kind of pocket portrait of a person who has been denied freedom and who is not surprised to find that denial. Before her father, the culture that she idolized had held her captive too. “
The Guardian adds, “What is clear is our continued fixation on them, our collective guilt for the passing interest, the misogynist, cruel cultural mores – whether for sex or mental health – which, in retrospect, become apparent too late.”
The court battle so far
Last November, Britney tried unsuccessfully to oust her father from his role as keeper of her estate.
In the meantime, Jamie launched a legal offer to take more control, but it also failed.
Instead, a judge appointed the asset management firm Bessemer Trust to be co-curator.
At the time, Britney’s attorney said she was afraid of her father and would not continue her career while he had power over it.
Last week, Jamie Spears lost his battle for sole control of their investments in the final round of their legal battle.
Framing Britney Spears will air on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:00 p.m. on Sky Documentaries and NOW TV.
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