Responses to the explosive New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears flooded the internet in February. Celebrities, media outlets and fans took to social media in droves with renewed support for both Britney and the #FreeBritney movement. (Britney remains under a controversial conservatorship, which is one of the topics scrutinised by the documentary.)
Framing Britney Spears also critiqued the misogynistic celebrity culture that enveloped Britney in the '90s and '00s.
But it was only yesterday that Britney directly referred to the documentary and shared how she was feeling about it. Alongside a video posted to Instagram, she writes that she's "always been so judged... insulted... and embarrassed by the media."
She goes on to mention the documentary directly, writing that while she didn't watch it, she was heavily impacted by its release.
"My life has always been very speculated, watched and judged really my whole life!" the caption starts.
"I didn't watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in," she writes. "I cried for two weeks and well .... I still cry sometimes."
Britney also seemingly responded to the release of Framing Britney Spears back in February 2021, though the reference was never made explicit.
"Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person's life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens," she tweeted.
Some of the top comments on Britney's Instagram video were from fans who stated that they don't believe Brit actually wrote the caption herself. One comment that garnered over 5,000 likes from Insta user adigg589wrote, "There is not a single chance she wrote this." Another user,reewhit_, commented, "I wanna actually hear her say this.... they always makin up captions for her..🧐"
More recently, there were talks of another Netflix documentary that would also explore Britney's life and her historical mistreatment. But as our writer Jackson Langford argues, the production of another Britney documentary misses the point of Framing Britney Spears, which warned against making a spectacle out of personal trauma.
And given the distress the New York Times documentary looks to have caused the singer, it's fair to say that another documentary might be an idea best left in the drafts.
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