View: Britney Spears Has Been “Jailed” By Her Control Freak Father For The Past 13 Years
On Wednesday, a judge decided to suspend his father from his guardianship. James Spears, the madaari who turned his daughter into a dancing monkey, could now face serious charges, including an FBI investigation.
It was the year of Britney Spears’ documentary: one produced by the BBC, two by the New York Times and another by Netflix, released a day before the last hearing. A fifth documentary, produced by Britney herself, will be released later this year and promises to be the last word.
It’s not just about money. It has to do with the control exercised by “conservation” – a harsh legal form of trusteeship – over Britney’s mind and body. She was forced to put on an IUD so as not to get pregnant. She was put under psychiatric treatment over which she had no control. If she wanted to give books to her children, she had to ask for permission and wait for days.
If she wanted to travel by golf cart in a gated community, she needed permission. If she wanted to go out and buy a burger, ditto. A security company her father hired monitored her calls and texts, even recording conversations with her children. For a very long time, she could not even hire her own lawyer.
As the latest film, Britney vs. Spears tells us, “guardianship means civil death.” All because Britney was deemed mentally unstable and incapable of being the manager of her own life. Despite the claustrophobia, Britney managed to release new albums, toured live, designed her choreography, performed a residency in a Vegas club. Its income for 2018 was $ 59 million. How can someone so dysfunctional be so productive?
Guardianship had a devious chicken-and-egg argument: it was guardianship that allowed it to be at its productive peak.
What led to Britney being officially classified as insane? In 2008, Britney was pictured driving with her baby on her lap. Under US law, all Indian mothers should already be in jail for holding their baby while riding a passenger on a scooter. Then she shaved her head. Lord! There was one case where she attacked a paparazzi’s car … with an umbrella.
She was institutionalized and her father took the wheel. At times Britney has been chased by paps in a hundred cars, with a few helicopters thrown in for good measure. Even though she had a seizure years ago, that doesn’t mean she has to live in a cage for the rest of her life.
Britney is from Kentwood, Louisiana, a small town of about 2,000 people. Inspired by Whitney Houston, she started performing at age 9. At 17, she was No. 1 in the world and hailed as Madonna’s heiress. Madonna officially passed the baton when she and Britney shared a pureblood kiss at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, arguably the most famous kiss in pop history.
Her father once said, with his usual bluntness, “I like to fish; she likes to play. But as Britney pointed out, his incarceration in guardianship had a lot to do with his power fetish, which he finds “fun”, the idea of controlling her. To scramble Madonna’s words, “Daddy, daddy, can’t you see how bad you treat me.” ”
Britney celebrated the judgment by sharing a photo of herself at the controls of a plane. It was the perfect picture. It was Britney who was taking back control of her life. Her legions of fans, led by FreeBritney.net, have fought hard for Britney all these years. They celebrated as if the Berlin Wall had fallen. This has.
The writer is the author of The Butterfly Generation