Britney Jean Spears should henceforth be allowed to do whatever her sweet heart pleases.
That includes, but is not limited to, the sharing of 10 naked photographs on Instagram that she’s delicately censored with flower emojis. If she wants to mark her biggest legal victory yet with a few harmless nudes, so be it. If, to free the pop star, we must first free the nipple, let it be. All power to her.
In fact, should anyone be tempted to judge Ms Spears, I’d refer them to the lyrics of 2004 Britney Spears hit My Prerogative for further instructions on the matter: ‘Everybody’s talking all this stuff about me / Why don’t they just let me live?’.
On Wednesday we had the joyous and desperately overdue news that Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, has been removed from his prominent role in her conservatorship. She has waited 13 long years for this, having had every decision made for her and every basic freedom taken.
As several new documentaries and her own testimony in court have alleged, Britney was denied access to her vast fortune, made to perform against her will, recorded in the privacy of her own home, given medication against her consent, isolated from her friends and essentially forcibly prevented from becoming pregnant. She’s called this ‘human trafficking’. Under some astonishingly arcane Californian laws, her conservatorship has essentially facilitated abuse over many years.
She has shown remarkable courage to fight for freedom, she has caused US lawmakers to pledge to reform the law and the lives of other people who have gone through conservatorship abuse, and she’s closer to having her own life back than she’s ever been. This is huge news. I think it’s wonderful.
The undisputed queen of pop can celebrate however she wishes. If she is in charge of her social media accounts now, she can do what she wants with them. Got a problem? The option is always there to unfollow and move on with your life.
We, her fans, hope and wish that the conservatorship will be terminated altogether and permanently at her next hearing on 12 November. If she wishes to mark that historic, life-changing development nakedly, too, she may. Her joy is our joy and it’s time to let her live.
It would be so weird if someone had a problem with a woman posting pictures of her own body on her own social media, though, right? Especially someone who’s been through so much. Someone who deserves only good things from now on, including freedom from our judgment. It would be just the silliest hypocrisy, too, for anyone to impose their own moral rules on a woman who has only now seen the first signs of liberation after more than a decade of being coerced and surveilled. Ha! Imagine the audacity it would take for anyone to criticise Britney Spears right now.
And surely – surely! – nobody would even dream of arguing that Britney’s Instagram nudity is a sign that she was better off under the control of her father and his enforcers? That would be absurd. Unconscionable. Laughable – for anyone to object to Britney’s bathside pics, given the way she’s been sexualised for literally her entire adult life and now she’s doing what she wants on her terms for the first time in a criminally long period. Truly, imagine!
Imagine if someone had a moral objection to a perfectly tasteful, entirely legal display of female nudity from a woman who’s been a sex symbol since the age of 16. A woman who is perfectly entitled to do what she wishes, when she wishes, on her own account, concerning her own body. It would be illogical, nonsensical and cruel, for anyone to speak against Ms Britney J Spears right now, and for this.
I’m of the belief that no decent person could listen to Britney’s testimony, hear the anger and fear and hope and clarity in her voice, and find a way to undermine her now.
She is so close to being free. We will not tolerate anyone being cruel to a celebrity who has, by all accounts, only ever been sweet and kind and brave to the people she meets. Especially not over a few naked pics.
It’s time to #FreeBritney. From an egregiously harmful legal arrangement, yes, obviously – but also from our judgment. Here’s our agenda: Free Britney. Support Britney. Avenge Britney. Post heart-eye emojis underneath Britney’s pics forever and ever amen.Credit: Original article published here.