Britney Spears slates ‘hypocritical’ documentaries

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
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Britney Spears has slammed the recent documentaries made about her as “so hypocritical”.

The singer, who has been subject to a conservatorship since 2008 when she had a series of public breakdowns captured by paparazzi cameras, is the subject of two recent films, one by the New York Times and one by the BBC.

Both documentaries examine the details of the arrangement, as Jamie Spears, her father, retains joint control of her estate alongside a wealth management company, despite Spears asking for him to be ousted from his role.

LOS ANGELES , CA - DECEMBER 02: Britney Spears performs on stage during the 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 on December 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
Britney Spears, seen here performing in 2016, has criticised the recent documentaries about her life (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

The New York Times’ Framing Britney Spears explored the singer’s meteoric rise and subsequent struggles under the tabloid glare, as well as the #FreeBritney campaign by fans.

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The BBC’s The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash And A Conservatorship also examined the conservatorship and featured interviews with make-up artist Billy Brasfield, her former choreographer Brian Friedman, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and lawyer Lisa MacCarley.

Spears wrote on Instagram: “Geez !!!! 2021 is definitely way better than 2020 but I never knew it was gonna be like THIS!!!!

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“So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life … what can I say … I’m deeply flattered !!!!

“These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticize the media and then do the same thing?????

Programme Name: The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship  - TX: n/a - Episode: The Britney Battle: Searching for Truth (w/t) (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: talking to the owner of the Kentwood Britney Spears Museum. Mobeen Azhar - (C) Forest Ventures Limited  - Photographer: Screengrab
Mobeen Azhar talking to the owner of the Kentwood Britney Spears Museum in the BBC's new Britney doc (Forest Ventures Limited/BBC)

“Damn … I don’t know y’all but I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life … I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends … I think the world is more interested in the negative!!!!

Britney Spears during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Show at Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Britney Spears, seen her during 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, has accused documentary makers of hypocrisy (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

“I mean … isn’t this supposed to be a business and society about THE FUTURE???? Why highlight the most negative and traumatizing times in my life from forever ago????”

The caption accompanied a video of Spears dancing and she went on to list a number of positive things that are happening for her.

She said: “I have so many trips I’m looking forward to taking this summer and I can’t wait to dance in different studios!!!!

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“I’m hoping to get a miniature koi pond in my backyard as well!!!! I know I’m weird but hey … it’s the little things you know … and I’m so grateful for my beautiful backyard!!!!”

Spears also appeared to dismiss a fan theory that has been perpetuated by Brasfield, that Spears is not in control of her Instagram page.

She wrote: “PSSSS I don’t actually talk to Billy B AT ALL so I’m honestly very confused!!! This is my Instagram!!!!”

Britney Spears (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Britney Spears in concert in 1999 (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

She also appeared to confirm she has now watched Framing Britney Spears, which includes an interview with a paparazzi who claimed Spears did not mind him filming her, writing: “PSSSSS no paparazzi guy … I didn’t want you and your crew following me around !!!!”

The singer previously said she “cried for two weeks” after being embarrassed by the high-profile documentary, but said she had not watched it.

Framing Britney Spears is streaming on NOW with an Entertainment Membership. The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash And A Conservatorship is on BBC iPlayer.

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