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Breeze – Courier Writer
As many people know, Britney Spears is in a conservatorship in which she doesn’t have control of her finances and many impor- tant aspects of her life. For years, Britney’s dad was in charge of the conservator- ship. Just recently, she filed paperwork to officially move her dad from the conservatorship.This seemingly forced and unhealthy arrangement has sparked the Free Britney movement and it has captivated many 90’s babies and other fans of Britney.
Britney Spears was a 90’s and early 2000’s pop icon. She had multiple hits and endorsement deals. If you were a child or teen during the time, you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing Britney.
At the height of her fame, Britney started facing mental health issues such as post partum depression. She also had to deal with constant harassment from the media. She had a somewhat public breakdown and was hospitalized. During, all her struggles, Britney’s children were taken away and she was coerced into this conservatorship.
She has been in this conservatorship for nearly a decade. According to Britney, she can’t choose when to have children, her contact with certain friends has been restricted, and she can’t control her finances. It appears to the outside world that Britney is competent enough to make all those decisions for herself.
Most people find this heartbreaking. A generation of kids, including myself, grew up with Britney Spears. To watch her rise to stardom and see her great career, then watch her be taken advantage of is heart- breaking. For years, Britney would say she was fine amid accusations of her being controlled through the conservatorship, until recently where she gave testimony in court and she said all the things she had been going through. It’s very upsetting to see some- one who was once your idol go through these things.
Through the attention of social media and super fans, Free Britney has caught traction and gained national media attention. It has gained a following and shed light on the situation. This movement may have even given Britney the courage to speak out in court.
This movement is one of the most important pop cul- ture moments because we are witnessing someone’s rights seemingly being taken away. With so many supporters, we Britney fans hope to see her back in charge of her life once and for all.