Framing Britney Spears Photos
Misogyny is one of the lenses through which to see Spears' mistreatment, but there's another one to use too: social class.
"Framing Britney Spears" illuminates, with stark clarity, how uniquely cruel Spears's treatment was.
Watched through a #MeToo prism, it was excruciating. The dark message of the film was that we were complicit - anyone who read the gossip or giggled at a Britney's-gone-nuts joke.
Stripped of her voice, Spears been turned into a meme and a cautionary tale, and her own participation in that narrative remains elusive. After all this time, we're still projecting so much onto Britney Spears.
On the same level as a Power Point presentation or a Wikipedia page.. However, the discussion that the documentary incites is important. [Full review in Spanish]
At just 74 minutes, Framing Britney Spears feels like watching a train wreck, not in slow motion, but sped up to a dizzying pace.
As we see in Framing Britney Spears, over time this kind of constant character assassination in the tabloids can have devastating effects.
Framing Britney Spears is best viewed as a painful, empathetic examination of someone who has been repeatedly kicked while they were down.
Guilty of exaggeration, oversimplification, and (most of all) indulging in a heroes-and-villains vision of complicated, messy lives. In other words: There's a lot of tabloid in this Times production.
Spears doesn't owe her fans any explanation, but more than anything, this documentary made me long for the day when we hopefully do finally get this complex story in her own words.
It's the capstone on an unsettling portrait of the way the fame monster can tear a person to shreds - and a damning commentary on the culpability we all share in turning Spears's life into a circus.