Many celebrities have rallied around Britney Spears in light of the newly released documentary, Framing Britney Spears.
The eye-opening film follows the pop star’s rise from childhood sensation to arguably the world’s most famous celebrity. At the heart of the New York Times-produced documentary is Britney’s ongoing legal battle with her dad, Jamie Spears.
Since 2008, Britney has been under the conservatorship of her father, meaning she cannot make any legal or financial decisions without his approval. The #FreeBritney movement has long protested for the star to be freed from her dad’s watchful eye, and after the documentary aired, many Hollywood stars also want Britney to have control of her own life again.
Here are some stars showing Britney their love and support:
Howard Stern has come out in support of the movement after watching Framing Britney Spears.
“I think I’m Free Britney now, I think I’m full-on Free Britney,” he said on his Sirius/XM radio show. “Ozzy [Osbourne] bit the head off of a bat in a business meeting. He’s in charge of his own finances.”
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During an appearance on Stern’s show on February 23, Drew Barrymore said she has “so much empathy towards” people like Britney.
“I’m sure that people look on and think, ‘These party girls, these privileges, how dare they have feelings about any of this? They’ve put themselves out there, they’ve asked for this — it’s fair f–king game.’ And I just go, ‘They’re humans. They’re just humans,'” Barrymore said.
Country music star Kacey Musgraves said that everyone reads about Britney’s predicament but no one really knows how she’s feeling.
“Y’all..it’s plaguing me that nobody knows if @britneyspears is truly okay,” she tweeted. “Really hoping that if she isn’t she can formally vocalize it in some way and that she knows all of us on the outside really give a s–t about her well-being.”
Courtney Love and Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams told Britney they were thinking of her via Twitter.
“#freebritney Thank you @nytimes you did what you could. #wearesorrybritney,” Love wrote, while Williams said, “no artist today would have to endure the literal torture that media/society/utter misogynists inflicted upon her. the mental health awareness conversation, culturally, could never be where it is without the awful price she has paid.
Former child star Mara Wilson has chimed in on the debate saying it was “terrifying” how Britney was hounded by the media at the height of her fame in the early 2000s.
“Her story is a striking example of a phenomenon I’ve witnessed for years: Our culture builds these girls up just to destroy them,” Wilson wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times last week. “The saddest thing about Ms Spears’s ‘breakdown’ is that it never needed to happen.
“When she split with her husband [Kevin Federline], shaved her head and furiously attacked a paparazzi car with an umbrella, the Narrative was forced upon her, but the reality was she was a new mother dealing with major life changes. People need space, time and care to deal with those things. She had none of that.”
Actress Amber Tamblyn likened Britney’s story to the life of late singer Amy Winehouse.
“Framing Britney was a rough watch, much like the Winehouse documentary, only we know how that story ended,” Tamblyn tweeted.
“I hope Britney is freed of that conservatorship — ‘liberated’ as she says in her own words. It is baffling that any judge would continue to uphold it.”
Singer Charlie Puth said his heart breaks for Britney as he has looked up to her for decades.
“Britney Spears’ music was my first exposure to POP music. Her impact was/is profound and it always baffled me as to why people were so brutal to her when she was down,” he tweeted.
“It’s great the world is more sensitive to mental health now, but upsetting it took this long in Britney’s case.”
Fellow singer Vanessa Carlton said there was nothing wrong with Britneys’ actions. Instead, the focus should be on what drove her to her limits in 2008, when she shaved her head and attacked a photographer with an umbrella.
“I would argue her dad used custody of her kids as consequence. Dear Patriarchy, IT IS OK FOR WOMEN TO SHAVE THEIR HEADS. Dear Paps, it is ok to hit your car w/an umbrella when you’re stalking a mom who just lost custody of her kids to KFED. I would’ve done the same. #freebritney.”
Miley Cyrus, Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler have also shown their support.
Parker and Midler simply tweeted, “#FreeBritney” while during Cyrus’ pre-Super Bowl performance last month, she gave Britney a shoutout while on stage.
“We love Britney,” Cyrus said.
The Framing Britney Spears documentary airs on Nine on March 2 at 9pm.
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