By now, you’re most likely aware of the debate surrounding Framing Britney Spears, a current documentary about the vocalist’s turbulent life produced by the New York Times.
The film takes a probing take a look at Britney’s legal fight versus her father, Jamie Spears, in addition to the abuse and harassment she’s received at the hands of the media.
And it’s not simply tabloids and paparazzi who took advantage of making the most of Britney when she was at her most susceptible.
As the doc reminds us, there was a time, not all that long ago, when mainstream media outlets like Wanderer delighted in making use of Britney, and gladly cashed in on the public’s fascination with her.
It began when the iconic music publication put a lingerie-clad, 17- year-old Spears on its cover, and it continued through her highly-publicized 2007 crisis.
The notorious “Teletubby cover” is still held up as an example of the methods which young women are commodified and exploited before they’re even old enough to vote.
However a few of the less lurid examples of the exploitation of Britney have proven less remarkable than the improper photoshoots.
Take, for example, the singer’s 2003 interview with Diane Sawyer, which was all however completely forgotten previously Framing Britney premiered.
Now, the hour-long Sawyer interview is being greatly scrutinized, and to say that the sector has not aged well would be a huge understatement.
” What took place to your clothing?” Sawyer asked Spears after starting the interview with a montage of some of Spears’ stage outfits.
” I have clothing on now!” Spears responded, trying to laugh off the disrespectful remark.
” No joking, what’s this about? Is it about shocking people?” Sawyer pressed on.
” I hate to bring this up, but Kate Hudson, she’s 22, she remains in sheets,” Britney argued.
” Jennifer Lopez positions extremely provocatively in some cases.
” Everyone constantly thought you had a various relationship to young girls,” Sawyer scolded.
” The women who always played it near to the line on how much skin she revealed, presented in this for Esquire publication. Think about the line officially crossed,” she added in a later narration.
The commentary then unjustly alleged that Spears kept “getting burned by the fire she lit herself.”
From there, the discussion moved to Britney’s separation with Justin Timberlake, and again, Sawyer pointed the finger straight at Spears.
” You did something that triggered him so much pain … so much suffering. What did you do?” the journalist asked.
Britney attempted to tactfully side-step the concern, but Sawyer wasn’t having it.
” I was distressed for a while. We both are actually young and it was kind of waiting to happen,” Spears discussed. “I will constantly enjoy him … he is such an excellent person.”
” He’s left the impression that you weren’t faithful … that you betrayed the relationship,” Sawyer responded.
And when she wasn’t bizarrely carrying water for Justin Timberlake Diane was defending political figures who LITERALLY THREATENED TO SHOOT BRITNEY!
Yes, Sawyer priced quote the wife of Maryland’s then-governor, and then defended the female’s right to threaten Britney with bodily damage.
” Really, If I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I believe I would,” Sawyer intoned, calmly checking out the quote.
When Spears quite understandably expressed shock and dismay, Sawyer notified her that the female was best to fantasize about her murder.
” Since of the examples for kids and how difficult it is to be a moms and dad and keep all of this far from your kids.”
” It’s one thing to not want to be the role model anymore,” she said. “It’s another thing not to understand that a lot of young girls are taking a look at this … a great deal of them.”
Sawyer has yet to comment on the criticism of her interview, however it seems the documentary has been successful in its objective of stimulating conversation about Spears and the methods which she was mistreated by grownups who ought to have understood better.
Earlier today, Britney’s cousin and former close friend Alli Sims spoked in the singer’s defense and revealed that she was forced to cut off contact for fear of Jamie Spears.
” I truly do believe [Jamie] would have done something if I didn’t remove myself from the situation,” Simms informed Us Weekly.
” When I think about the length of time she has had to endure this and it being 13 years, it just makes me so unfortunate for her. I really do hope one day she has the ability to tell her story if that’s what she wants to do,” Alli continued.
” If she does, prepare yourself due to the fact that there’s more to that story than I make certain anybody might ever imagine.”
We’re sure there is.
And we hope that some day quickly, Britney will be permitted to inform her tale as she chooses.