Jamie Lynn Spears has taken to social media to defend her sister amid the huge wave of responses to Framing Britney Spears, the New York Times doco that dropped in the US last week. The documentary explores the ongoing legal battle Britney faces with her father, as well as the pop star's rise to fame and relentless scrutiny from the media.
Jamie Lynn Spears has long expressed support for her famous sister, and recently called out the media for Britney's historical mistreatment.
"Dear media, try not to repeat the mistakes of your past," she wrote in an Instagram story. "Look where that got us. Do better."
She added: "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always."
Jamie Lynn's comments came not long after Britney herself seemingly weighed in on the documentary.
"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 alongside a video of her performing her hit song "Toxic" from three years ago.
There has been an outpouring of support for the pop star in response to the New York Times documentary. Several media personalities have been specifically called out for their contribution to the treatment of Britney Spears, including her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake.
Justin Timberlake eventually did respond, writing a public apology to both Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. In the apology, he wrote that he "failed", and "benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism."
Many on social media think the apology comes a little late, as Justin's actions around his public break-up with Britney likely compounded the intense public scrutiny she endured in the early 2000s.
Support for Britney in the battle over the conservatorship, as well as reflections on the toxic celebrity culture surrounding her during the height of her fame continue to pour in across the internet.
Framing Britney Spears, one episode of 10 in The New York Times Presents documentary series, is currently available on US streaming service Hulu, but will hopefully air in Australia – most likely on SBS – very soon.
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