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Variety posted a rather interesting review of ‘The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears’. Firstly, those that are anxious that the documentary will be very one sided i.e pro-conservatorship and pro-team con, it’s not. So, we can breath a huge sign of relief. If anything it tips ever so slightly in the other direction. The reviewer Daniel D’addario’s overall take is a positive one (Britney matters), and suggests the documentary is fairly “balanced” in its depiction of her current situation (i.e the conservatorship). But, with regards to how the public (fans included) treat her (now and in the past), as an artist and human being, this is the biggest tragedy of all. Here are main takeaways from the article of what we can expect to see in the documentary. Spoiler: If you don’t want know anything about what’s to come, stop reading now. 1. Brit is presented as both a fascinating example of how our culture treats those we allegedly love, and as a deeply sad case of abuse. 2. Audio of Timberlake speaking crudely on the radio about Spears (no doubt about her virginity) appears on the documentary. 3. They use footage of 10 year old Britney singing “Love Can Build a Bridge” on “Star Search”. 4. Fe speaks extensively (and lovingly) about Brit the artist, and human being. She’s there to humanise Brit. 5. Hosts of a podcast (likely Britney’s Gram) discuss theories about Spears’ legal situation. 6. The documentary touches on a number of conspiracy theories that “fans” obsess over (like Britney communicating in code). Implying, the online “fandom” is as damaging to Britney the “star” as the conservatorship is. 7. The conservatorship is openly discussed, with commentary from all sides (see below), including FreeBritney fans, (FreeBritney advocate Leanne Simmons is already confirmed). 8. The conservatorship appears to be part of a lifelong pattern of “misuse” in Spears life, and career. $$$$ 9. There is an interview with a Conservatorship lawyer who had been on, and later rejoined, Spears’ father’s legal team. Likely Vivian Lee Thoreen (it couldn’t be Andrew Wallet, or could it)? 10. The documentary reproduces footage from “For The Record” of Spears yearning to be freed from the conservatorship, and being sad. 11. Brit’s silence on her situation is its own tragedy, because it would appear that the situation has caused the silence. She has a story to tell (like her contemporaries). But she is the only one who can tell it (like her contemporaries). 12. Finally, the article/documentary claims that fame was another kind of captivity for Spears, albeit one with more “liberties”. Suggesting, that before her “controlling” father, the culture that idolised her had kept her captive too. Namely, the public never saw her as a real person. Just a puppet, and someone to project on. https://variety.com/2021/tv/reviews/framing-britney-spears-review-fx-1234892912/ The 75 minute documentary airs Friday February 5th, at 10 PM, on FX and Hulu.