Framing Britney Spears Documentary Sparks Conservatorship Controversy

Framing Britney Spears Documentary Sparks Conservatorship Controversy

Framing Britney Spears, a new documentary created by New York Times producers and released by FX, aired the same week as a hearing was scheduled in court to discuss Jamie Spears’ ongoing conservatorship of his famous daughter. The documentary used various historical video clips and personal interviews to express both facts and theories surrounding the 2008 legal decision, which handed Britney Spears’ father the right to manage his daughter’s finances, career, and personal life. While the documentary displays several well-documented instances of the star’s bizarre behavior, such as shaving her head and attacking a paparazzi’s vehicle with an umbrella, it also investigates the #FreeBritney movement undertaken by her fans.

The producers of the documentary make it clear that Britney Spears, herself, had no part in the making of the show. Other notable figures that did not participate on any level are Britney’s mom, dad, brother, sister, and ex-business manager. The two individuals that did participate with past connections to Ms. Spears were her former lawyer, Adam Streisand, and her former assistant, Felicia Culotta. However, the documentary does not clarify if these people continue to speak with either Britney or her father to this day.

Britney Spears

Framing Britney Spears Documentary

Besides chronicling the star’s rise to fame and all the trappings that came with it, the show also examined Jamie and Britney Spears’ continuing conservatorship battle. The court hearing last Thursday granted shared control of Ms. Spear’s person, estate, and image to Jamie Spears and corporate fiduciary Bessemer Trust. By most reports, Jamie had objections to sharing the conservatorship. However, his concerns were overruled by the judge, and the two continue to share the rights and responsibilities. There is another hearing scheduled regarding the conservatorship next month.

The #FreeBritney is a grassroots organization that is led by the star’s fans. The movement, especially after the documentary aired, has garnered support for Britney from various celebrities and well-known figures. Supporters of #FreeBritney believe that Ms. Spears should have the right to take back control over her life and fortune, which is currently estimated to be approximately 60 million. It is rumored that Ms. Spears is now refusing to work as long as her father is in charge of her conservatorship, but according to her Tweets, she is enjoying just leading an everyday life. That she is happy and content is all most of her fans wish for her.

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