The key moments from 'Framing Britney Spears'

Friday, February 19
Evan Murphy

Since the release of Baby One More Time in 1998, Britney Spears has become a household name and icon of pop music.

The documentary Framing Britney Spears gives a look into the tumultuous moments in the pop stars life. Behind the music videos and world tours, Britney’s life has been crazy and overprotected.

The Justin Timberlake Break Up

Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were the equivalent of a royal couple in the 2000s. When they broke up fans everywhere were devastated but it proved harder for the starlet herself. Timberlake publicly accused Spears of cheating on him with a choreographer and used the break up to release Cry Me A River.

The music video featured a Britney look-a-like and was described as a, “Pure male revenge fantasy” by a former backup dancer of Spears. Following the release of the documentary, Britney Spears fans blasted Justin Timberlake leading to a renewed interest in the Janet Jackson Superbowl Performance.

On 12th February, Timberlake issued a public apology to both Spears and Jackson, admitting he “benefited from a system that condoned misogyny and racism”. 

That Diane Sawyer Interview

Over the years the media has mistreated Britney Spears and it is clear in this particular interview. In this now infamous 2003 interview, Diane Sawyer asked Spears what she did to cause Justin Timberlake so much suffering and pain.

The singer gave a standard response and said that Timberlake will always have a special place in her heart. The interview then took a turn, Sawyer informed Spears that she had upset many mothers around the country.

Quoting the then first lady of Maryland saying, “If I had the chance to shoot Britney Spears I would”. Spears then goes on to defend her image and bursts out into tears ending the interview early. 

The Paparazzi

In the 2000s, a photo of Britney Spears in any context was worth $1,000,000 so the paparazzi were relentless in trying to get a shot of the starlet.  Daniel Ramos states that in the beginning Britney had a good relationship with the paparazzi but when she had her first child they all wanted a piece of her.

After photos were printed of Spears driving with her son in her lap, the media then chose to deem her an “unfit mother”. As the situation got more intense, the paparazzi would follow Spears into shops and restaurants, visibly causing her more stress. In an interview with Matt Lauer, Spears stated she wished they would leave her alone.

The paparazzi continued to harass Britney Spears after she shaved her head in 2007. Daniel Ramos recalls the incident where Britney hit his car with an umbrella and describes the pictures taken as “the money shot”. The media chose to take this situation to paint Spears as “crazy” and not a woman in need of help.

The Conservatorship

Since 2008, Britney Spears has been under a legal conservatorship. Her father Jamie Spears is the current conservator. According to court records Spears’ conservators control who can and cannot visit her, access her finances, hire security guards for her, access her medical records and take control of her home.

Since 2008, Britney has released four studio albums, embarked on three world tours, been a judge on the US version of The X Factor, guest starred on various tv shows and headlined her Piece of Me Las Vegas residency. Fans have repeatedly stated that if Britney Spears is able to do all of this, she should have control of her estate.

Fans have questioned whether the conservatorship is in her best interest. Recently the #FreeBritney movement made a resurgence after an episode of the popular podcast Britney’s Gram. In the episode, an anonymous lawyer expressed concerns for Britney’s health and the actions of her father. Britney Spears Fans have now taken to protesting in the streets, demanding an end to the conservatorship. 

Spears reportedly does not want her father in charge of her estate and her siblings have expressed concerns over this. Currently Jamie Spears has lost a court bid to be the sole conservator of Britney Spears’ estate and the next court date is set for 17th March. 

Framing Britney Spears is available to watch on NowTV.