The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears (2021) 1080p

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Directors: Samantha Stark [Director] ,

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Britney Spears hasn't been able to fully live her own life for 13 years, stuck in a court-sanctioned conservatorship. A new documentary by The New York Times examines what the public might not know about the pop star's court battle with her father for control of her estate. It also explores the fervent fan base that is convinced Spears should be liberated from the conservatorship, and re-examines the media's handling of one of the biggest pop stars of all time.


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NYT and so many others- have some dignity and stop exploiting this woman.

The "Leave Britney alone" guy was right along, but we refuse to listen.

The irony and disgusting gall of this "movement" is kind of astonishing. This doc and the related online uproar are just more paparazzi-like exploitation, poorly parading around as journalism. Truly freeing Britney will require all of these things to end...and here I am, watching this garbage and writing about it. I am part of the problem. I am helping to imprison her, and so are you.

Part of the Problem

I regret watching this. "Framing Britney Spears" has been receiving enough buzz that even a non-fan (of celebrities in general) like me decided to check it out. Presented by the New York Times, of all venerable media, it's the same tabloid sensationalism that it criticizes. If not the sexist commentary, thankfully, which on that account this is partly credible in rebuking, it's nevertheless part of the tabloid sensationalism and ultimate questioning of the sanity of Spears. It makes me feel culpable in supporting the ugly business of celebrity gossip and harassment. If not just pay the paparazzi directly, I might as well have went out and purchased a copy of Us Weekly, National Enquirer, New York Post, or some such rag.

I never want to be famous. Rich, yes, but not famous. For all the conjecture here over the Spears conservatorship, her state of mind, the motives of her father and such, there is little to no questioning of the unhealthy obsession with the famous, from fans and all media, including the New York Times to podcasters and not just the paparazzi, that may drive someone mad. If the aim was to promote sympathy for Spears, I suppose it does it's job, but at the expense of chronicling her public abuse interspersed with uninformed interviews and speculation if it all made her crazy or whether the fans need to drag her back out to perform.

Michael Moore may make the best suggestion in the entire episode, to just leave her alone. Ridiculously, this occurs in a clip of Larry King and Anderson Cooper sheepishly nodding along to the suggestion as they plug CNN's upcoming coverage of Spears going to a hospital. Some of the interviews are as hypocritical for their lack of introspection. A tabloid photographer says he would've left Spears alone if that's what she wanted, and he says this after she tells him to do so and attacks his vehicle to drive the point through to no avail. One of the social-media activists says something similar after a post from Spears stating that she's taking some time for herself. One fan even questions the sanity of their obsession before rambling on about connecting the dots in the internet conspiracy theories, including looking for secret messages in the social-media posts of Spears, that conclude this so-called documentary.

I don't know about the validity or lack thereof of the conservatorship, or about the mental health of Spears, and this program certainly didn't help me learn one way or the other about either. Ultimately, though, it's none of my business.
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