'Framing Britney Spears': An Unpopular Take.


Framing Britney Spears: my take.

After watching The New York Times: Framing Britney Spears, I echo the man she wanted to be her lawyer. “We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know.” What I do know (feel): People with a financial interest in Britney’s brand should NOT be involved with her conservatorship (her father). As for Britney being a conservatee, if you haven’t seen her medical records, you cannot make a judgement about “#Freeing Britney”. Re”frame” your thoughts to “What is best for Britney”.

It certainly seems like Britney is a properly functioning adult (performing, etc). But we don’t know her medical state. There are many people seeming to function normally in society that have incredible mental health issues. No one likes to have that kind of control over their lives by anyone. Saying she doesn’t want it, doesn’t mean she doesn’t need it. We don’t know those medical records as they are protected by HIPAA laws. Therefore, we cannot diagnose.

My Hope is that she is being seen regularly by objective and competent medical doctors who can make a proper diagnosis about her health and decision making. The medical professionals should not be chosen (or cherry picked) by the conservators or conservatee. My hope is a competent court is deciding on Britney’s care. That should be done on a regular basis. And conservatorship hearings should be held on a regular basis for someone so young, to re-evaluate the need for it. 

For all those looking back and judging the press and media about their treatment of mental health, that’s good. None of us were as caring and understanding about destroying the stigma of mental health back then. But we are evolving and all of society is slowly getting better at treating those with mental health problems. So if you care about mental health, hope she gets the care she needs. If we ever find out she was not in need of conservatorship (or progressed past needing it), there will be a reckoning from the law and God.

The next hearing is scheduled for March 17th.

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