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#FreeBritney. This fan mobilization that freed Britney Spears from her father’s tutelage

After Britney’s court victory, her fiancé congratulated fans. Instagram / DR screenshot

Waving pink posters with the hashtag #FreeBritney, there are a hundred who have gathered, this Wednesday, in front of the Los Angeles field. A small fraction of what this movement represents in support of singer Britney Spears around the world.

Today is the moment of victory: a judge has just ruled in favor of the icon. Britney Spears is officially released from her father’s tutelage, which lasted 13 years. Pour autant, le mouvement #FreeBritney n’en n’a pas encore fini avec les revendications: the prochaine étape, c’est de faire en sorte that the chanteuse can retrieve a total autonomy, qu’elle bénéficiencia «des mêmes droits que tout the world “.

The star’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, welcomed the #FreeBritney movement by saying that the efforts of fans were “decisive” in moving the case forward. On Instagram, Britney’s fiancé Sam Asghari immediately responded by congratulating the movement for the singer’s release. How, from a simple #hashtag, did FreeBritney become a force capable of weighing on the legal scale?

“Leave Britney alone!”

It is one of those videos that has contributed to the history of the internet and a forerunner of the #FreeBritney movement. In 2007, Chris Crocker, a young Britney Spears fan, posted a video in which he took up the singer’s cause when he came under fire after a failed performance at the MTV Music Awards.

For 4 minutes he records himself crying, in front of the camera, with a sheet in the background. His heartfelt cry of “leave Britney alone” will go viral, and will be teased by many netizens of the moment, which, somehow, will make him live a torment similar to that of his favorite star.

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Times have changed and today, the compassion and extreme sensitivity displayed by Chris Crocker, who became Cara Vivian Cunningham in August, no longer makes many people laugh. Topics like mental illness are no longer taboo, online bullying is punishable by law, and Britney Spears can now count on the support of an army of fans around the world.

A podcast as a catalyst

In 2017, two comedians, Tess Barker and Barbara Gray, decided to launch a podcast on Britney Spears’ Instagram: Britney’s Gram. A special episode uploaded in 2019 reveals a recording from an anonymous source, who claims that the residency the singer was going to attend was canceled by her father, on the grounds that Britney would refuse to take her medication. The same source still claims that Britney Spears would be held against her will in a psychiatric hospital.

This recording turns what was once a simple hashtag, #FreeBritney, into a truly global movement. Fans around the world, from Chile to the Philippines, are calling for Britney Spears to be released from her father’s tutelage.

Several stars are joining the movement: the heiress Paris Hilton, the great friend of Britney, Miley Cirus, another star who has had his share of media disputes or Justin Timberlake, former partner of the singer. Even Elon Musk will bet on your supportive tweet.

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The White House reacts

Empathy for Britney Spears’ plight peaked during the airing of a New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears available on Amazon Prime, an enlightening investigation into the pop icon’s sad fate. After its broadcast, the matter grew to such an extent that the White House had to react at a press conference. Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the Joe Biden administration, said the president’s team was monitoring the situation “very closely.”

Since then, two members of the US chamber have introduced a bill aimed at better monitoring the regime and making illegal “abusive guardianship” from which victims have little or no influence to draw.

On September 22, it was Netflix’s turn to build on this case and deliver another shocking documentary, Britney vs. Spears.

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French youtubeur Seb la Frite posted a very comprehensive video on the story of Britney Spears and the #FreeBritney movement in September 2020, viewed over 5 million times, proof that we are also passionate about the Britney Spears legal media saga.

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