Leave Britney alone: Pop queen’s trauma after years of being hurt is why she deserves some space
If you search for “Britney Spears” on social media, millions of videos, pictures and gossip will appear within milliseconds.
much of this is devoted to detailing her “manic episodes,” as well as her tumultuous relationship with her sister and father, the never-ending soap opera with joined by her ex-husband and children, and of course, her Instagram posts.
The latest is about an incident reported in a restaurant in Los Angeles. According to reports, footage released online shows Spears looking “excited” and speaking “incoherently,” while her husband walks out, leaving her alone.
The photos show the singer trying to cover her face with the menu, while restaurant goers gawk and harass her.
It happened, however, that Britney was brazenly targeted: photographed and recorded without her consent, with the results posted online for dissection and judgment. If it was a “normal” person and not a celebrity, we would call the police.
But there’s more to it: Britney is vulnerable.
She once talked about the oppression of 13 years living under her father’s custody in court. She has also been open on social media about checking herself in for treatment in mental health facilities.
Why does quasi-abusive harassment – and invasion of privacy – continue to happen to someone who has suffered so much?
More appropriate: haven’t we learned something since Britney broke up?
She owns her own image. She has the right to say ‘no’ to being hunted down. However, the world treats her like an animal locked in a zoo, somehow there to perform for our entertainment.
We treat her as if we deserve unrestricted access to everything she does.
Assuming that Britney was agitated and felt vulnerable in this restaurant: is it the appropriate response for people to record and then publicly shame her for it?
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Why has her mental health become something free for all? Why does anyone feel entitled to her personal life, personal space and weaknesses?
Isn’t it time we finally #FreedBritney?
Instead, the world is caught in a vicious cycle of obsession that, in my opinion, leads to only one thing: ruining her, blaming her, and then rejoicing at her demise. .
I was hoping the #FreeBritney movement was a turning point.
People come together to support a woman we all have let down.
Most people mocked and mocked the movement from the start, until the 2021 Hulu documentary, Framing Britney Spearsrevealed how badly the public and people around Spears treated her.
The documentary also shows us how much of her perceived “weird” behavior is actually an understandable response to being locked up in a real-life zoo, where she’s trapped and captured. to perform for us.
In the end, she escaped. Last year, the court released her from conservatorship and her father’s grip.
But now, looking at all the current headlines mocking her and judging a truly brilliant and talented woman, it’s clear we’ve learned nothing.
If anything, everyone seems to be using her new-found freedom to start over with the very behavior that may have led to her initial breakdown. #Freebritney aims to give Britney freedom – not allowing the public to access her life freely.
I am a lawyer, not a psychologist, but in my work I have witnessed many very vulnerable women suffer from psychological re-trauma.
In my opinion, Britney’s “manic phase” – if that’s the case – is most likely an understandable response to trauma.
Just think about what happened to Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Caroline Flack and Princess Diana. It is assumed that they were all “hunted” in one way or another – and sadly none of them are still with us today. Who will be next?
Britney has earned her freedom, but it’s time for us to admit that in examining every detail of her life, we were complicit. To paraphrase Chris Crocker’s famous 2007 video, we need to leave Britney alone – this time for good.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/leave-britney-alone-pop-queens-vulnerability-after-years-of-trauma-is-exactly-why-she-deserves-some-space-42292713.html Leave Britney alone: Pop queen’s trauma after years of being hurt is why she deserves some space