Pop icon Britney Spears has captured the world’s attention for decades, but in the past few years, her conservatorship situation has been the main focus of her story. Netflix is taking advantage of the public’s current fascination with Spears and her legal troubles, releasing a documentary titled Britney Vs Spears that follows her 13-year battle for her personal life as she fought a conservatorship that gave her father complete control over her life and money.
Directed by Erin Lee Carr, who was also behind the New York Times‘ documentary Framing Britney Spears, the doc will be released on Netflix Sept. 28, which is also the day before Spears’ next hearing.
When asked about the difference between the two films, Carr told the Los Angeles Times, “This is a two-and-a-half years-long investigative process into the conservatorship. There has been an amazing amount of coverage, but that’s a really long time to be focused on this. We wanted to be the definitive place to understand the beginning, middle and hopefully what we will find out as the end of this saga.”
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There will undoubtedly be a lot of people tuning in for more detail, but at least one person was not thrilled to see news of the Netflix special. Sam Asghari, who became Spears’ fiancé last month, commented on a teaser for the doc on Instagram, saying, “I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney.”
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After people noted his comment, Asghari followed up on Instagram with a longer message about his opinion, joking its value has “increased” recently.
“Apparently my opinion has increased in value over the last few days,” he wrote in an Instagram Story. ‘Past docs left bad after taste. I’m hopeful this one will be respectful. I don’t blame CNN, BBC, or Netflix (wich got me thru lockdowns) for airing them because as an actor I tell other peoples stories too. I question producers who made them ‘just to shed light’ without input or approval from subject. Any credit for light being shed should go to #freebritney.”
Asghari wasn’t the only one to wonder where the money for this work is going, according to Yahoo! News. Lady Gaga’s manager, Bobby Campbell, also wondered who was profiting off her story, asking on the announcement if the filmmakers would donate “their fees to Britney’s legal defense, or to legal defense funds to aid those who do not have the financial resources to fight against undue conservatorships.”
“Even if it is in support of freeing Britney, this appears it could be exploitative,” Campbell added.
The question of who benefits from Spears’ story is a pertinent one, given that so much of that story is about how other people have been controlling her for their own gain.
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