Britney Spears continues to battle the conservatorship implemented by her father Jamie Spears.
By Annika Henthorn
After a grueling thirteen years of her father’s and many others’ dictatorship over her life, pop star Britney Spears has inched her way closer to freedom. The campaign to free Britney Spears from her conservatorship has begun to truly take shape this year with the advocacy of her dedicated fans. Not only has this issue been covered on a variety of media platforms, but even in the windows of De La Salle hall. The phrase “FREE BRITTANY” is plastered in pink duct tape across two windows facing campus, proving the tenacious and widespread support of her following.
Britney Spears claims her father, as well as others overseeing her conservatorship, have controlled and manipulated her life, disregarding her humanity in the process. Big life decisions like children, marriage, and even medication were all made for her. She was disallowed from having any more kids, from marrying, and from removing her IUD, all under a legal premise (Rolling Stone). Additionally, she was forced to take Lithium without consent (Rolling Stone). According to Rolling Stone, she has compared her experience in the conservatorship to sex trafficking, an inmate in their legal lockhold. This devastating analogy is a testament to the unthinkable horrors that Britney has faced over the past 13 years. Pop singers like Mariah Carey, Pink, and Christina Aguilera have all continued to show their support in the fight for her freedom.
It was recently announced that Jamie Spears, her father, will no longer be in charge of Britney Spears’s estate (CNN). This position has been bestowed upon CPA John Zabel as a temporary conservator of her estate (CNN). Matthew Rosengart, Brittany Spears’s attorney has revealed the “cruel, toxic” nature of her father, and how the movement to free Brittany has greatly contributed to their success thus far. According to CNN, Rosengart thinks “the support of the #FreeBritney movement has been instrumental. To the extent that it allowed my firm to carry the ball across the finish line, I thank them as well."
Not only has the #FreeBritney movement propelled Britney’s story, but also the documentary “Britney vs. Spears,” which Netflix aired on September 28. Erin
Lee Carr, the filmmaker, has revealed that his intentions were not to exploit the mental struggles she endured in 2008, but to “move the story forward” and center it around one of the biggest “legal mysteries of our time.” Too many times Britney was dragged through the media for people’s amusement. This documentary targets the enigma of her conservatorship and uncovers the disturbing truths that have been concealed for far too long.
The next update that is still being awaited is her trial on November 12th. This is to determine the status of her conservatorship and potentially a full extermination of it all together.
Melanie Moyer '22,