Britney Spears Calls the New York Times and BBC ‘So Hypocritical’

Britney Spears documentary comments
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Britney Spears has taken to Instagram to speak out against two documentaries about her life — one created by the BBC, and the other by the New York Times.

The documentaries by the BBC and New York Times explore her struggle with mental health issues. “They criticize the media and then do the same thing?” the singer asks rhetorically about the documentaries.

The Hulu-produced New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears drew attention in February. It focused on the ongoing battle over her conservatorship and the #FreeBritney social media movement, which calls the conservatorship a trap.

This past Saturday, the BBC debuted another documentary called The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash, and a Conservatorship. Spears’ comments appear to be directed at this documentary. One of the sources cited is makeup artist Billy Brasfield, who says he is in contact with Spears regularly.

“I don’t actually talk to Billy B AT ALL, so I’m honestly very confused,” the singer writes on Instagram. She also decried the focus on so much negativity in her life. “I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life, I’ve had way more amazing times in my life, and unfortunately, my friends, I think the world is more interested in the negative.”

Britney Spears is scheduled to make a court appearance on June 23 for her conservatorship.

She is petitioning the court to remove her father, Jamie Spears, from the management of the arrangement. Her lawyers have argued that she is afraid of her father and will not resume her career until he no longer controls it. It is not known what Spears will say in court when she appears.

Despite frequently commenting on her public life on Instagram, she hasn’t been interviewed at all since 2008. Neither the NYT or BBC documentaries were able to gain a comment from Britney or any of her close associates. We only know her feelings about these documentaries because she shares them online. Spears says the New York Times documentary left her so embarrassed, she “cried for two weeks.”

The June 23 court appearance will give Britney the chance to clarify her position on the conservatorship. She has the right to end the arrangement at any time, but she has so far sought to replace her father as an administrator rather than end the conservatorship entirely. Currently, her father and mother are duking it out over their roles as manager of Britney’s estate.


4 Responses

  1. Michael Dean Hajas

    Miss Ashley King.
    Please have a look into the evidence I share. I hope you can appreciate the magnitude of this evidence, and that digital music news will consider performing some investigative journalism.

    The original audio I created in 1995, was solicited to both Zomba Jive Records headquarters Sept. 23, 2001 and HHO Publishing (Lord Henry Hadaway) on the same date in London England.

    4 years later I was in Future shop Dec 24, 2005 when I identified with the Dave Aude Slave Driver Remix. The letter in my possession from the Senior Vice President of EMI Publishing (Mr. Bruce Scavuzzo Dated April 2006- states that this version was not written by Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo nor the Neptunes. Dave Aude has a performance credit only, as well as Britney Spears. Dean Hajas has the OT (official title) credit on I go to “title” put in I’m A Slave, then put my last name Hajas, press search. Then press the arrow that says “MORE”….all the details are there.

  2. Angelito

    I feel like totally sorry fer her, fer real.

    • Dean Hajas

      Britney has been imprisoned by those around her who have so much to lose by their own behaviours and choices. The World of the music industry is incredibly manipulative and destructive while attempting to present its agents, agencies and associates as qualified and trustworthy. When challenged, it does a further disservice by performing what is a “Cover Up”. This in turn creates a symptom of Mental Health, which then the system justifies its own interventions. Convoluted and mens rea (Criminal Mind) comes from the decisions of those in authority. My greatest hope for Britney is to truly gain her personal freedom, which is the part of the Charter of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, which have been directly violated by a gang of bullies, and thugs, pretending to be advisers and friendly.