Britney Spears finally breaks free from her stereotypesBut observers and fans worry that society will revert to the same behavior that helped keep him there more than 13 years ago.
Spears’ conservatism has been the subject of several documentaries, headlines, and even congressional hearings over the past year, when her fans brought attention to her condition through the #FreeBritney movement. The New York Times earlier this year examined the social media campaign and the singer’s struggles under media scrutiny in a documentary, “Framing Britney Spears.”
But it remains to be seen whether the media and society have really changed now that Spears, 39, has finally regained her freedom.
While efforts have been made to offer Spears sympathy in the public eye, Tess Barker and Barbara Gray, the women behind the popular Britney’s Village podcast, suspect she has become the subject of scrutiny. Some have already argued that Spears’ more cynical social media posts are grounds for keeping her in a confined system.
“It’s certainly never grounds for anyone to be into something like a conservatory, but you’ll see comments on her Instagram like, ‘Oh, maybe she should be in a custodian and like,’ are we sure that Is that okay?'” said the barber. “That’s not how the system is supposed to work. And it feels so capable… really making fun of him, babying him, and probably not really understanding the seriousness of the situation in which She has been
Spears’ favorite outlet to communicate with her fans is through her Instagram account, where she has over 39 million followers. Spears’ account has been analyzed over the years by her fans, partly inspiring Britney’s Village podcast.
In a candid post last month, Spears explained that she was terrified of doing simple tasks like driving her car, and that the paparazzi would jump on her “like they want me to do something crazy.”
“I’ll just be honest and say that I’ve waited so long to be free from that situation… and now that it’s here I’m afraid to do anything because I’m afraid I’ll make a mistake!!! ” she wrote. “For so many years I was always told that if I succeeded at things, it could be over… and it never happened.”
Gray noted that the level of paparazzi is “scary,” but that’s how many people get their income. He said that there has been a movement of fans to stop the use of paparazzi photos, with the hope that it will reduce demand.
“I doubt they’re going to run out of some sort of moral high ground, but you hope people learn their lessons and just let him live his life,” Gray said. “And what I hope most is that she can walk down the street and not have to worry about things like that.”
Celebrities have also expressed concern about the paparazzi’s treatment of Spears, immediately expressing hope that she will, in the immortal words of Chris Crocker, “leave Britney alone.” actress jameela jameela Tweeted to fans, “You guys freed Britney.”
“But now we have to protect her from the paparazzi and tabloid media, who are determined to harass and stalk her and bring her back to the same mess,” Jameel wrote. “We have to protect Brittany now.”
The first thought that crossed the mind of culture critic and author Garrick Kennedy was when he realized Spears’ stereotype might end up being, “Oh, we’re going to do it again,” he said. His essay last month, “we can destroy britney again”, was inspired by the concern that Spears is once again a matter of public obsession.
Kennedy said, “I think people still forget this other fact as well: Britney is probably one in five in 10 celebrities who are still actively followed by the paparazzi, despite the laws in California. ,” Kennedy said. “Laws that have been made because of the things she’s gone through and the things you know, Lindsay [Lohan] Has gone through and Hilary Duff has passed, you know, all these other young ladies.
Kennedy, formerly a music reporter, reflected on his past experiences covering Spears and what he learned during that time. During a backstage tour of her Las Vegas residency, Kennedy recalled to a crowd that Spears reflects other people’s emotions, so if they’re nervous or excited, she will be too.
He says he wonders how Spears will react now that she gets control of her life again, with not only headlines to worry about, but social media commentary as well.
Kennedy said, “I wonder how she feels when she sees these comments … and we already have a reflection, it’s too much.” “He he took the break too early, Yes, she only went for a few days. But even in those two days, when she was excited to get engaged and now you have, she got it right Octavia Spencer Being like, ‘Okay, make sure you get a prenup.’ Why are you commenting?”
What happens next depends on how we as a society look to Spears, Kennedy said.
Continue to judge him on whether people on the outside let him make his choice even if they aren’t happy about it, or whether it doesn’t conform the way they want. If she chooses to never make music again, if she chooses to make different kinds of music, whatever she does, it remains to be seen whether Spears will feel sympathy after 13 years in control. will be offered or not.
“Well did we learn anything? Because we like to say, we like to say and we like to pretend that we learned,” Kennedy said. “So this is our moment to show that we have . Whether we show up or not, you know, and that moment has yet to come. But right now, it doesn’t give me the impression of people who have learned. ,