For the first time, the world is finally thinking critically about Britney Spears, rather than simply being critical.
Framing Britney Spears, a powerful documentary from The New York Times that’s now available to stream on Hulu, chronicles the pop star’s rise and “fall,” using the bittersweet gift of hindsight to illuminate the role we all played in her struggles. (Yes, even you.)
From casual misogyny to an all-around lack of empathy, especially concerning Spears’ mental health struggles, the scrutiny she has faced from the media and the public is more than anyone should have to endure.
On a more direct level, the documentary also explains the state of Spears’ controversial conservatorship — her father Jamie Spears has had court-ordered control over her finances and estate ever since she was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold in 2008 — and the ongoing efforts from fans to get her released.
Scroll down for our thoughts on some of the documentary’s key players, plus a few blink-and-you-missed-them cameos that left a lasting impression. (Spoiler alert: There are a lot more losers than winners.)
If you’ve seen the doc yourself, drop a comment with your own thoughts below. What were your biggest takeaways from Framing Britney Spears?