Miley Cyrus, amongst many other celebrities and fans, is supporting Britney Spears after the release of a new documentary.
The documentary, titled “The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears,” details the battle Spears has been going through since the start of her world-famous career.
Spears suffered from a mental breakdown in 2008 after excessive pressure from the media and her family. After that, she was under conservatorship led by her father, Jamie Spears. The two do not have a healthy relationship. However, he is in control of her large fortune and medical records regardless.
Recently, Spears has been battling in court to have her father removed from this role and regain her autonomy. According to Variety, her attorney said in court that, “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father.”
Spears and her family are not in the film. This is due to the court battle. Spears is also hard to reach and filmmakers are unsure if she saw their “smoke signals” during the filming process.
Fans and Celebrities Show Support for Britney Spears
Now, fans and celebrities are tweeting their support for the #FreeBritney campaign on social media. They are supporting the singer in her battle to regain control over her fortune and her rights in the midst of years of exploitation and control. A part of the movement is also to just spread positive awareness over Spears, who had been a target of the misogynistic tabloids of the ’90s and early 2000s for years. Similar to the Diane Sawyer – Britney Spears interview.
Sunday was Super Bowl LV. During Miley Cyrus’ performance for the TikTok Tailgate pregame, she gave a shoutout to Britney Spears, the documentary, and the singer’s battle with the media. Her shoutout could then reach the millions of people tuning in for the Super Bowl.
Miley Cyrus sang her song “Party in the U.S.A.” During the verse where she says, “That’s when the DJ dropped my favorite tune / And a Britney song was on” Cyrus screams, “Hey, we love Britney.”
The comment was a small shoutout to Spears. Cyrus is amongst many celebrities, especially some of the most influential women in music, that are speaking out in support of Spears.
Kacey Musgraves tweeted to say that she was concerned if Britney Spears was “truly okay” after everything that’s happened recently. Hayley Williams, the lead singer of Paramore, also wrote a powerful tweet to her followers.
“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.”
Others like Sarah Jessica Parker, Andy Cohen, Lucy Hale, Bette Midler, Khloé Kardashian, Valerie Bertinelli, and many others have spoken out as well.
Documentary and Court Cases
Spears and her family are not in the documentary, rather people close to them are. They were told it was happening, but are in the middle of court proceedings. According to Entertainment Tonight, Spears was made “aware” of the show by her team. She has not publically been able to speak out about it since.
Many fans are looking into her Instagram account for hints on her situation, since she is often blocked from speaking in any other form by her team.
A recent video from Spears had fans suspecting she knew fans saw the documentary and were supporting her. One fan said, “Queen of knowing we all watched the documentary….. we are her foe [sic] you Brit.” Another said, “THE MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR IS THE TRUTH. We owe you an apology.”
The next court date is Feb. 11. She will continue to seek to remove the conservatorship that has restricted her for over 10 years. The documentary was on FX but can be streamed on Hulu.