How Netflix’s ‘Britney vs. Spears’ Documentary Helps Celebrities in Legal Battles
The Princess of Pop, Britney Spears is easily one of the music industry’s biggest stars. However, the pop icon has had her share of troubles which have affected her music. The public has at times been unkind to Spears, but the spontaneous #FreeBritney movement, responding to her conservatorship dispute, has been gratifying. Netflix released a teaser for their documentary Britney vs. Spears. Now, this documentary could help other celebs in need, also.
Netflix’s ‘Britney vs. Spears’ teaser trailer hints at the legal battle
An 18-second teaser trailer for Britney vs. Spears popped up on the Netflix Twitter page. The documentary enables yet another review of the pop icon, but the teaser clip indicated an in-depth look at the conservatorship issue that has been a contentious trending topic. This was already under consideration before Hulu even announced their ‘Framing Britney Spears’ series. The ‘Britney vs. Spears‘ teaser features Spears’ message to her lawyer in 2009. A full-length trailer is expected on 22 Sept. but the premiere date wasn’t announced, and will be timed with her upcoming court date. Spears herself has not contacted the media, but Instagram kept her connected with her fans, but has since been deleted. Audiences will have to wait for her official statement as the ‘Britney vs. Spears’ legal battle draws more attention to the public legal dispute.
Celebrities benefit by making legal battles public
‘Britney vs. Spears’ ensures a major ripple effect as the public is agitated by her conservatorship dispute; her fans and peers in the entertainment industry have spoken out in her defence. Scarlett Johansson also pursued a lawsuit against Disney Studios, alleging that the company wilfully released Black Widow on their platform Disney+ to bring more viewers to their streaming service, thereby lowering Johansson’s profits due to the backend deal of the contract she signed. The allegations made headlines across the industry as the legal matter became public. The industry and public backlash helped Johansson’s intention to alter the manner in which Disney changes their distribution strategy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Celebrities remain publicly silent as regards legal disputes. Spears’ legal dispute is in the public domain, but a documentary can shed more light on it and heighten public reaction. Documentaries can spread awareness and dive deeper into any subject to instil sympathy in its viewers. Streaming services provide documentaries with more outreach than before. Celebrities facing similar legal battles in the future can inform the public through documentary films. ‘Britney vs. Spears’ offers an informative look into the legal dispute. Public perception cannot overturn a legal proceeding, but creates awareness and change and documentarians have been used for an array of other subjects.
‘Britney vs. Spears’ extends the legal battle outreach
Britney’s journey hasn’t ended and ‘Britney vs. Spears’ ensures exposure for the pop icon. However, people anticipate hearing statements that she may make later. Spears’ fans want her back to making music and performing, but free from the conservatorship that trapped her into controls by her father since 2008. Earlier in 2021, she publicly confessed in front of a judge about the depression and anguish caused. She revealed a number of shocking things during the hearing, alleging that she was forced into birth control and drugged with lithium to be more compliant. Her father now wishes to be removed from her conservatorship.
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