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Free Britney movement like ‘climate change activism’, says Britney Spears documentary maker

The filmmaker behind the new BBC documentary, The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship, has compared the Free Britney movement to that of climate change activism.

Mobeen Azhar uncovered new insight into the superstar’s conservatorship battle in the latest documentary, which followed the explosive Framing Britney Spears, which alleged court documents claimed the star had dementia.

Britney was placed into conservatorship in 2008 after she famously shaved her head and lost physical custody of her sons Jayden and Sean to husband Kevin Federline. She is set to address the court next month for the first time.

Speaking about his research into the contested conservatorship case this morning, Azhar likened the voracious campaigning of Britney’s supporters – and their #FreeBritney motto – to the Greta Thunbergs of the world.

He told Ranvir Singh on Monday’s Lorraine: ‘This is a bunch of people, who are very easy to dismiss. From afar you can say they don’t know what they’re talking about and they just love Britney, and that’s understandable.

‘But actually, there is a bunch of people who’ve dedicated real time, they’re having weekly meetings, almost like climate change activists, they take this really, really seriously and they’re fuelling this movement.

The star is set to address the court amid her conservatorship battle (Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The Free Britney movement gained traction after documentary Framing Britney Spears (Picture: Kate Green/Getty Images)

‘That movement, yes it includes fans, it also includes now lawyers…and perhaps people not really into Britney’s music but exploring the area around conservatorship law in California.’

The #FreeBritney movement, which has been around for years but energised by the release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, has campaigned to end the conservatorship, with Britney herself asking the court to remove her father from his role.

In February, it was decided that Jamie would remain as Britney’s co-conservator, along with Jodi Montgomery.

The BBC documentary looked at the latest in the conservatorship battle, with Azhar exploring the competing theories and emerging ‘conspiracy’ theories around the pop star.

He said today: ‘It feels like fan fiction for conspiracy theories… when I started digging into the story I became completely fascinated.

‘Without the fans and without the hashtag, this discussion wouldn’t be happening.

‘It’s about Britney… [but] it’s also about mental health and conservatorship law in the US and potential abuses of that law.’

He added of his hope one thing people take away from the documentary is the possible misuse of the law: ‘We reference this idea that if you have no interest in Britney Spears or contemporary pop culture, you’ve got to look at the legality and possible abuse of these laws in California and that to me is the really interesting thing.’

The Battle For Britney is available to stream on BBC iPlayer, while Lorraine returns 9am on ITV.

Credit: Original article published here.

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