On Hulu, the New York Times Presents “Framing Britney Spears,” is a heartbreaking documentary about the highs and the lows of an iconic pop star. It shows how she came to fame, her downfalls along the way, and how fans started the #FreeBritney movement. 

Britney Spears got her real breakout hit with “…Baby One More Time,” as she went from performing the song at the mall to selling out tours and going platinum. She became a famous pop star overnight. 

At this time people were interested in her image because she had a younger demographic but had controversial songs. All she wanted was to wear and look how she wanted. Spears slowly started to care less about others and do exactly what she wanted. She didn’t want to do what others said, she wanted to be creative and in control. 

Once Spears and Justin Timberlake started dating in 1999-2002, everyone wanted to know everything about their relationship. Once it was over between them, Timberlake really made it worse when he released “Cry Me A River” which made it seem like she cheated or worse. Spears was under a lot of backlash and treated horribly after that music video. After the documentary aired, Timberlake made an apology to Spears and to Janet Jackson on Twitter.

“I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed,” stated Justin Timberlake.

Spears got engaged and married Kevin Federline from 2004-2007. The paparazzi at the time would take tons of photos and videos of Spears, they would get lots of money for photos of her. Spears enjoyed it at the beginning and she was really nice to them at first. Once she had her baby with Federline, she got paparazzi crowding her more. 

During that time there were a lot of magazines calling Spears an unfit mother. The biggest moment at this point was when Spears was holding her baby while driving, she speaks at an interview and says how she was scared and that there was paparazzi hitting on the glass in the car while her baby was crying. She then explains that her dad, Jamie Spears, used to do that all the time when she was a child. 

After Spears’s second child, she and Federline got a divorce. They fought for custody and Federline won. The paparazzi started becoming wilder and following her at her most vulnerable moments. They captured the moment where she shaved her head and she said she didn’t want anyone to touch her and she was tired of everyone touching her. People looked at that and just thought that she was crazy. 

There was so much going on in her life that she was a punching bag for the public, it was never about her mental health but it was about what was wrong with her.

Spears’s dad, Jamie, filed for temporary conservatorship in January 31, 2008. Conservatorship is for older people who can’t take care of themselves or their money, the court gives someone else power to make decisions for them. Spears doesn’t want her father to have that power.

 The only way she can talk to her fans is through Instagram. The way that Spears’s captions her Instagram posts just seem like a cryptic message. More and more people learned about #FreeBritney. The conservatorship is to take care of people and not profit off of them, which is what people believe that her dad is making money off of her. There is even a podcast called “Britney’s Gram” and two women dissect Spears’s Instagram posts.

 Fans everywhere want to help her the way that her influence has helped them. Spears fans have protested and spoken out on social media to talk about Spears’s situation. The Fans hope that the conservatorship ends soon so that Spears can finally have her freedom. 

Overall, I feel like the documentary does a really good job at explaining the timeline and what exactly happened. I like that they bring people that were close to Spears or her family at the time, writers from The New York Times that learned about the situation or even worked on her case. The more I watched the documentary, I learned that it must be really hard to be a child star and this world is all you know from a really young age. It really made me realize that the media really liked to give their input about things that they know nothing about. I can’t imagine going through what Spears was going through and having the media kick me while I’m down. I wished they had the chance to interview a family member of Spears or even Spears herself, but because of the conservatorship that wasn’t possible. I personally feel everyone should watch this documentary if you don’t understand the lengths of the #FreeBritany movement.