Why Are Fans Apologizing to Britney Spears on Twitter?
Britney Spears has been a legend in the music industry since she stepped onto the scene in the 1990s. The pop singer also faced a slew of criticism from the public and media for her actions when dealing with mental health struggles. In the new episode of the FX documentary series, The New York Times Presents, “Framing Britney Spears,” people dive deep into all the obstacles she encountered from media and paparazzi in the 2000s. In response to the new look into her life, fans have responded by apologizing to Spears on Twitter. Read on to see what they’re saying.
What ‘Framing Britney Spears’ shows from Britney Spears’ life
The sixth episode of the documentary TV series begins with a look at protesters part of the #FreeBritney movement. The protesters are opposed to the conservatorship that Spears was placed under in 2008. Ahead of Spears’ next Feb. 11 court date, the episode is a deep-dive to figure out how Spears got into this situation, per The New York Times.
The documentary episode shows interviews from Spears’ former assistant, paparazzi, and recounts inappropriate jokes, behavior, and magazine headlines that Spears repeatedly endured for years.
How fans reacted to the documentary by apologizing
Fans took their thoughts to Twitter by apologizing to the singer after seeing her situation in a new light after the documentary.
“We are sorry Britney,” one fan wrote. “The world don’t deserve you. It did you wrong. You gave us your beautiful, humble, talented, loving self and we destroyed it.”
Another pointed out how treatment toward Spears was wrong.
“The world pushed her to her breaking point and then laughed at her misery,” the person commented. “We are sorry Britney.”
Someone else remarked that if Spears’ struggles were beginning today, the public’s reaction might have been different.
“I think honestly in my heart that if what [Britney Spears] went through in 2007 etc happened today then the outcome would be so different,” they expressed. “The topic of mental health is more open but there is still work to be done in the area. We are sorry Britney.”
Other fans agreed.
“Sorry that as a generation we allowed you to be treated so abhorrently, in a way that would never fly today,” they said on Twitter. “Mostly sorry that as a society we allowed this abuse to continue for 13 years.”
Public figures weighed in on the treatmeant toward Britney Spears
Fans weren’t the only ones expressing their opinions regarding Spears on Twitter. Public figures also spoke up about her situation in light of the new documentary.
Ashton Irwin, 5 Seconds of Summer band member, tweeted an article from The New York Times about Spears with an accompanying sad face emoji.
Emily Nussbaum, a staff writer at the New Yorker, commented about Spears’ situation. She wondered if celebrities’ treatment from fans and the media might be worse today.
“The press definitely treated Britney Spears horribly,” she said. “But it’s not some ancient story of misogynist horror — and in certain ways, things seem worse now, because of social media. Every feed is a tabloid; every phone is a paparazzo.”
Comedian Ashley Nicole Black expressed that the treatment Spears received could be a greater issue with sexism.
“Wow, this Britney doc,” she started her tweet. “Women can’t win! You can be all the things they want you to be: young, thin, blonde, beautiful… but then you’re ‘too sexy,’ then you settle down and become a mom and it’s ‘no, not like that, bad mom.'”
The docu-series episode “Framing Britney Spears” is available to watch on Hulu.