Inspired by the Free Britney movement, Britney Spears’ life, career and guardianship are examined in the Framing Britney Spears documentary, presented by The New York Times. The 2021 film has been widely hailed as a beacon of information on Spears’s guardianship and related struggles.
Viewers learn a lot from the documentary, but filmmaker Samantha Stark does not hesitate to acknowledge that voices are missing from Britney’s inner circle. Just as viewers need to know who did not agree to be interviewed, they will also want to know which influencers are included.
10 Missing: Britney
The most obvious missing figure from the project is Britney Spears. The Free Britney movement maintains that Spears may be using social media to ask fans for help amid her guardianship trials. Despite attempts to contact Britney, the documentary’s curators write: “The New York Times attempted to contact Britney Spears directly to request her participation in this project. It is unclear whether she received the requests.”
Spears is likely now familiar with the documentary. In a strange turn of events, their official YouTube page briefly included a upload of Framing Britney Spears, but it was quickly removed. Fans have also noticed Britney’s February 9, 2021 Instagram post, which includes the words, “Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person’s life, it is nothing compared to the real person who lives behind the lens.” The video in the post was of Britney performing in 2017. She expressed that she “loves being on stage” but “is taking the time to learn and be a normal person.”
9 Included: New York Times Senior Editor Liz Day
Liz Day is recognized as a senior writer and editor of stories from Framing Britney Spears. Day is seen frequently throughout the film and provides context for Britney’s situation under his tutelage.
With steps into Britney’s past and questions that shape her future, Liz Day helps establish the facts for viewers based on her knowledge of Spears’ life and career. Day also explains that Britney has had to pay and continues to fund her guardianship, as well as her and her father’s attorneys.
8 Missing: Jamie Spears
Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, is one of the antagonists of the documentary; others include media personalities such as former interviewers and Spears’ ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake. The documentary explains that Britney specifically requests that Jamie no longer act as her curator.
Jamie is one of the people who declined to be interviewed or did not respond. She has previously shown disdain for the Free Britney movement and called it a conspiracy theory. Unsurprisingly, Andrew Wallet, the attorney who helped Jamie Spears oversee the guardianship, was also not interviewed.
7 Included: Wesley Morris, New York Times critic
Wesley Morris is a New York Times General critic who analyzes the cultural context of Britney’s previous media coverage. Morris provides valuable insight into the hypersexual atmosphere of the late 1990s fostered by the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair.
Morris connects Clinton’s event with media attention on Britney’s sexuality, body, and romantic relationships. Similarly, former Britney stylist Hayley Hill says that she worked with all of Britney’s teenage boy bands, and none of the male stars had to deal with what Britney endured.
6 Missing: Lynne Spears
Britney’s mother, Lynne Spears, has been silent about her daughter’s situation. She either declined to be interviewed for the documentary or did not respond. Lynne, however, presented judicial documentation requesting a more active role in his daughter’s trust. It would be great to see the mother speak for her daughter right now.
5 Included: Felicia Culotta
Felicia Culotta was Britney’s assistant and has known the singer since Britney was just five years old. Without the voices of Britney’s relatives, Felicia stands out in the documentary as Britney’s closest interviewee.
The former assistant admits that she does not understand guardianship and says she agreed to be interviewed because she wanted to “remind people why they fell in love” with Britney. Felicia also points out that Lynne Spears was very proud of her daughter.
4 Missing: Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears doesn’t talk about her sister on social media platforms very often. the Sweet magnolias star or chose not to respond to The New York Times or refused to be interviewed for Framing Britney Spears.
On her temporary Instagram stories, Jamie Lynn shared a nondescript charging the media to “do better” how everyone fights their battles, and so does she mentioned his sister on another slide: “Some media outlets published a false story about me attending a virtual rally yesterday. In fact, someone portrayed themselves as me without my knowledge. I love my sister very much, but was not aware of a rally, nor was I in attendance for a virtual rally. -JLS. “Britney and Jamie Lynn’s brother Bryan also didn’t show up for an interview.
3 Included: Attorney Adam Streisand
Adam Streisand is Britney’s former attorney. In the documentary, Streisand recounts how he met Britney at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he discovered that Britney exercised good judgment and explicitly said that she did not want Jamie to be the conservator of her estate or her person.
Streisand explains that a judge in court said he had a medical report showing Britney was unable to direct or hire an attorney independently. The judge did not allow Streisand to represent Britney. Adam Streisand did not know anything about the content of the medical report in the past or during the filming of his interview.
two Missing: Sam Asghari
Aside from attorneys Andrew Wallet and Samuel D. Ingham III, one of the most prominent missing voices is that of Sam Asghari. Asghari might be the person who knows Britney best right now because he is her boyfriend and has proven to be a stable presence in her life.
Ironically, The New York Times it lists Sam Lutfi, Britney’s toxic ex-boyfriend, as a missing interviewee, but does not list Sam Asghari’s name on the list of those who declined to comment or did not respond. Perhaps Asghari was not asked to appear in the serious documentary project about the pop star.
1 Included: Attorney Vivian Thoreen
A controversial figure included in the documentary is Vivian Thoreen, the attorney who currently represents Jamie Spears. Thoreen says he cannot offer details of his own experience, but speaks hypothetically about the nature of the healings. Vivian Thoreen is the only voice in the documentary that supports Jamie Spears in a legal and tangible sense.
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