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What’s the #FreeBritney hashtag about? Has Britney Spears been kidnapped? No, the reality is a little less dramatic, but worrying nonetheless! The star’s fans created the campaign to show their support in her efforts to regain autonomy over her finances, private life and right to live freely.
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Britney’s career and estate were handed over to her father as legal guardian in 2008 after she suffered a mental health crisis. The request for this arrangement – called a conservatorship – was approved by a judge and has been in effect for thirteen years. If you think this seems a long time for an adult who is capable of working to be in conservatorship, you’re not alone – Britney is working to lift her father’s guardianship over her.
A conservatorship is put into place to protect individuals who are unable to make their own decisions. While this may have been the case after her divorce from Kevin Federline in 2007, Britney is no longer under the same amount of stress today. Back in 2008, the singer lost custody of her two children in the divorce and was continuously harassed by paparazzi. Who wouldn’t find this a difficult situation to deal with? But when Britney shaved her head and damaged a photographer's car with an umbrella, her father contacted a judge and asked for guardianship.
Since the conservatorship was put in place, Britney has released three albums, worked a successful Las Vegas show, and served as a judge on the US X Factor. She says that she would like to get married and have more children, but is unable to do so because of the conservatorship. Britney said, "This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life."
Today, Britney says that the conservatorship has become an oppressive, abusive and controlling tool against her and has too much control over her. Unfortunately, in November 2020, a judge refused to remove Britney’s father as guardian, but has extended it until September 2021. On 30th June, a judge ruled he would be rejecting an earlier petition from the singer’s lawyers to remove her father from the conservatorship. But this time, it is not a handful of fans shouting “Free Britney” in front of a court but mainstream media and intellectuals who are questioning the ruling and the role of patriarchal culture in the American justice system. The final chapter of the Britney Spears saga is yet to be written. Watch this space to find out!
nonetheless = néamoins
to hand over = confier
a mental health crisis = des problèmes de santé mentale
conservatorship = sous tutelle
guardianship = sous tutelle
custody = la garde
to harass = harceler
to harm = faire du mal
to extend = prolonger
watch this space = à suivre
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