In the wake of several documentaries on Britney Spears’ life, and the ongoing #FreeBritney movement, the pop star has spoken out about ‘hypocritical’ media attention, addressing the fact that the films focus on the “negative” times in her life.
In the caption to a video of her dancing posted to Instagram, Spears writes: “So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life… what can I say… I’m deeply flattered!!!!” However, she goes on to add: “These documentaries are so hypocritical… they criticise the media and then do the same thing.”
In February this year, the New York Times premiered a documentary touching on Spears’ controversial conservatorship battle, which has seen her fans and supporters rally behind the #FreeBritney hashtag as her father campaigns to maintain control of her career and finances. The makers of Framing Britney Spears have since suggested that they’d like to work on a follow-up documentary.
Netflix is also reportedly working on its own documentary, while the BBC aired an hour-long film titled The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship on Saturday (May 1).
On the subject of the documentaries, Spears adds: “Damn… I don’t know y’all but I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life… I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends… I think the world is more interested in the negative.”
“Why highlight the most negative and traumatising times in my life from forever ago?”
In March, Spears also spoke out to say that she was “embarrassed” by the NYT documentary, though it has helped inspire US lawmakers to challenge the way that conservatorships are managed across the US.
Last month, Britney also took to Instagram to answer a handful of fan questions, saying that she’s currently “extremely happy”. On June 23, she will make a rare personal address to the LA court handling her conservatorship case, having previously requested changes to her conservatorship (and to her father’s role in particular).