Britney did it again. She has captured the nation's attention, but this time it's for an entirely different reason.
Framing Britney Spears originally aired on FX and is now available on Hulu. This New York Times documentary examines the conservatorship Britney's father Jamie currently holds and the ongoing court battle that has ensued. But there's so much more to this doc than that.
Britney has been "away" long enough to draw a fraction of the interest she once held. We all have had our opinions about Britney. She was all over pop music in the 90s, all over the tabloids in the 00s, and an enigma throughout the 10s. The pop star was everywhere yet no one really knew much about her.
This doc is well crafted. The first part examines Britney's childhood and how she broke into the industry at such a young age. Her early appearances are reminiscent of the recent Tiger Woods doc - how could this amazingly talented child ever miss? She didn't.
When Britney hits it big in pop music, she's a young teen thrust into the limelight she (and her parents) craved. I remember my daughters singing Britney songs over and over again. The kid from Kentwood, Louisiana was a global superstar before she turned 16.
The videos in the documentary of Britney at this age are telling. She's mature for her years, seems very much in control, and enjoying every minute of her pop success. At this age I always ask the same question - where are the parents and how are they dealing with their child's success?
The controversy starts to build and no one escapes unscathed. Tabloid reporting. News anchors. Talk show hosts. Boy band lead singers. Misogyny galore. Kevin Federline and the kids enter the picture, and the paparazzi cranks it up a notch. Who needs who? Britney divorces and the custody battle begins. She starts to slip away, but who could hold it together under that pressure?
Britney snaps. She shaves her head wanting to establish some control. Rolling Stone, Us and the rest of the world is there to watch. When the conservatorship is established, it made a lot of sense to the outside world. Britney was out of control and who better to trust than her dad looking out for her best interests. But is that what Jamie is doing?