'Framing Britney Spears' Documentary Explains So Much
What happened to Britney Spears? The "Framing Britney Spears" documentary, which aired on Feb. 5 on FX (and is subsequently streaming on Hulu), answers that question and so much more.
It's the latest of "The New York Times Presents" series of investigative documentaries, and it delves deep into the pop princess' legal battles with her father. Ever since 2008, she was placed under a legal conservatorship (typically reserved for the elderly), giving her father complete control over her own finances and career because she was deemed incapable of doing so.
But is Britney Spears really unfit to take care of herself, or is this just another example of sexism in an industry already facing serious #MeToo scrutiny? The answer to that question takes various twists and turns throughout the documentary, addressing issues of sexism and classism that ultimately brought down Spears in the eye of the media, the public and even herself.
Of course, the documentary brought light to the #FreeBritney movement, which was started by fans at the onset of the conservatorship 13 years ago and continues today as the case against her father remains.
Believe it or not, as recently as Feb. 11, a hearing was held in Los Angeles that continued the arrangement but overruled her father's objections to a third party being established as a co-conservator of her state. Only time will tell if Britney will be freed.
In the meantime, here's a look back at Spears — the good, the bad and the ugly.
Britney Spears at the Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala in 2017
A Rocking Performance at the Billboard Music Awards in 2016
Las Vegas Proclaims 'Britney Day' in 2014
'The People's Choice' at the People's Choice Awards in 2014
Did Somebody Request a Wake Up Call? Britney Spears Performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' Show in 2008.
When You Got It, You Take Home a Lot of Hardware at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards
Britney Spears Deals With Child Custody Battle in 2007
Discovering the Power and Joy of a Shaved Head in 2007
The Federline Years
A Star Gets Her Own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003
She's Not a Pop Queen for Nothing. Britney Spears Wows the Crowd During a Performance in 2002.
How Do You Like This Snake? Britney Spears at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
The Timberlake Years
Britney Spears Impresses Crowds on NBC's 'Today' Show in 2000
BritneySpears Having Fun at the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards
Hello, World. Britney Spears at the Planet Hollywood 'Drive Me Crazy' Promo in 1999