AceShowbiz - Documentary "Framing Britney" went viral after its airing on February 2020. One of the sixth installments of FX and Hulu's The New York Times Presents docuseries, the doc explored the life and career of the 39-year-old pop star, focusing on her ongoing conservatorship battle against her dad Jamie Spears. It also showed the media's toxic treatment of the singer following her split from Justin Timberlake back in 2002.
As it gave a whole new perspective into the "Toxic" singer and how she's been portrayed badly on media, fans and fellow celebrities immediately showed support for Britney. Taking to social media, they joined #FreeBritney movement and condamned media's treatment toward the singer especially during her public meltdown.
See some supportive messages from Britney's fellow celebrities following the release of the bombshell documentary.
Kacey Musgraves was among those who rallied behind Britney following the headline-making documentary. "Y'all..it's plaguing me that nobody knows if @britneyspears is truly okay. Really hoping that if she isn't she can formally vocalize it in some way and that she knows all of us on the outside really give a s**t about her well-being," she wrote to her Twitter followers on February 7.
In a separate tweet, the award-winning singer blasted Ed McMahon, who asked 10-year-old Britney if he could be his boyfriend. McMahon was 70 at the time. "Also anybody gonna mention Ed McMahon and them CREEPY a** interview questions to a young girl. No. #FramingBritneySpears," Musgraves pointed out.
Actress and activist Jameela Jamil also reacted strongly to the documentary. "The Good Place" actress shared on her Twitter account a petition for the judge to end the conservatorship. Almost 150,000 people have signed the petition.
Jameela also urged people to learn more about "gaslighting" of women that applied to Britney. "After hearing all the discourse about Britney. Please go to the 'Gaslight' section of my IG highlights to see how this is a refined Template used against women in media," so she wrote in a picture that she shared on Instagram. "Once you see it, you won't be able to unsee it. All the fallen women pushed into the gutter that they fell into via the trapdoor that was the pedestal we forced her onto," the actress added in the caption.
Fellow former child star Chloe Moretz also showed sympathy for Britney. During her appearance on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" in February, the "Carrie" actress expressed hopes that the "...Baby One More Time" singer's conservatorship would end soon.
"I hope that documentary and the conversation around the #FreeBritney movement allows her to have more autonomy in her life and hopefully take control over her own decisions," so she said.
"No artist today would have to endure the literal torture that media/society/utter misogynists inflicted upon her. the mental health awareness conversation, culturally, could never be where it is without the awful price she has paid," Williams added.
Joining the list of stars who support Britney was TV personality Tamron Hall. "Finally watched the 'Framing of Britney Spears' on Hulu. It's an understatement to call it heartbreaking. #FreeBritney," she said on Twitter.
Hall also invited "Framing Britney Spears" director Samantha Stark to her talk show to discuss the documentary. "You have shaken up pop culture conversation and what I think is important to note here this is bigger than Britney. This is about society and misogyny and so many other layers, so it's not whether you like her music or not, this is a wake-up call," she told Stark.
"Framing Britney Spears" also got John Mayer emotional. The "Edge of Desire" singer revealed on SiriusXM's "Andy Cohen Live" that he "almost cried five times" while watching the documentary. "To see the sadness in this human being... I mean, I was on the edge of tears five times, because if you understand what this business/industry/lifestyle does to a person. To go through this and come out the other side OK, is to have infinite grace for those who struggle with it," he said.
"I came out OK... I have a very strong feeling that part of that is because I'm a man. And I have a very strong feeling that a lot of these things that happen to female performers is endemic to being female," Mayer added. "If you're a man, you're an outlaw. If you're a woman, you're kind of crazy. And when I watched that through that lens, my heart just ached the whole time." Mayer, however, received backlash over his remarks because people thought that he did the exact same thing to his ex Taylor Swift.
Chloe Moretz wasn't the only former child star who spoke out of "Framing Britney Spears". The "Wrecking Ball" hitmaker showed love to Britney by giving her a special shout-out during her performance of "Party in the USA" during the NFL's TikTok Tailgate Super Bowl pregame livestream.
After singing her famous line, "That's when the DJ dropped my favorite tune/ And a Britney song was on," the singer paused. She then exclaimed, "We love Britney!" before continuing to sing her verse.
Paris Hilton continued to show support for old friend Britney the release of a shocking documentary. In a new episode of her new iHeartRadio podcast "This Is Paris", the hotel heiress said, "I haven't spoken to her in a few months. I haven't even watched the film yet, because I've been so busy. But I heard it's just a really sad movie."
"It makes me really feel for her, because she's such a sweet girl and has such a big heart and I just can't imagine being controlled like that. You know, when you're an adult and you've worked your whole life for building this empire and then just to be treated like a child, it's just not fair," she went on to say.
Matt Rogers was also among those who reacted to the shocking documentary about the pop star. The actor took to Twitter to share that his takeaway as well as criticize the entire society that enabled the poor treatment towards Britney.
"Well, I watched the Britney doc and unfortunately my takeaway is that our entire society is a humiliating, violently misogynist failure and I'm ashamed of a media culture that, for decades, villainized her for money and sport, conditioning us to think it was funny," he wrote.
Former Disney star Bella Thorne had a few harsh words for paparazzi and Internet users in the wake of the documentary. "It's disgusting what she went through, what she is still going through, the whole nine yards, it is literally terrible. And thank goodness they made the documentary so that people can change their f***ing perception on situations," so the "Midnight Sun" star said.
Thorne also noted that most people contributed to what Spears had been gone through. "Even if you didn't take that photo of Britney Spears, even if you weren’t that paparazzo pushing her, you were that person talking in your basement with your group of friends about this photo and people were laughing, people were joking about her mental health. People were joking about very serious things that no one should be joking about," she shared.