Why Longtime Britney Spears Fans Are Demanding to #FreeBritney

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It all starts with the singer’s conservatorship that dates back to 2008.

By Bianca Betancourt
Jul 14 2021, 6:01 pm EDT

For nearly half of Britney Spears’s decades-long career as a world-renowned pop star, the “Womanizer” singer hasn’t held full control of her life. Britney has been under a conservatorship helmed by her father, Jamie Spears, since the singer’s infamous breakdown 12 years ago, which resulted in hospitalization and rehab. Though the stigma surrounding Spears’s mental health battles has followed the singer since 2007, her career never faltered. Marking an official comeback with her 2008 album, Circus, Britney continued to release albums, tour, star in a years-long Las Vegas residency, and launch business ventures including her lucrative perfume and namesake lingerie lines.
Despite multiple comebacks, however, Britney’s longtime fans have vocalized their dissatisfaction in seeing the pop star continue to be under a conservatorship at 38 years old. Wholeheartedly convinced that the singer herself also wants to be free from the legal binding, fans launched the #FreeBritney movement, utilizing social media to bring awareness to the discrepancies surrounding the conservatorship.

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Below, we break down how Britney’s conservatorship came to be, why fans want to see Britney “free,” and whether or not the singer wants full control of her life back.
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Spears is Not Alone

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As Floridian and Hall of Fame Football coach Lou Holtz has noted recently in the Miami Herald, “Guardianship abuse may more correctly be thought of as guardian, medical and legal abuse, because without unethical, predatory individuals in all of those fields working together, such abuse is impossible to carry out. It takes more than a corrupt guardian to do these terrible things — it takes a corrupt guardian, a corrupt lawyer, a corrupt doctor, often a corrupt nursing home or hospital and, finally, corrupt judges”
THE HILL reported the following recently:

Britney Spears’s cries for help in court have cast a critical light on conservatorships, as the public has become both more aware and more sensitive to mental health struggles. But her explosive claims Wednesday have also reignited a national conversation on freedom, dignity and how much is too much when it comes to legal intervention. Continue Reading →


Margaret Dore Bulletin

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March 2007 Bar Bulletin

A Call for Executive Oversight of Guardians

By Margaret K. Dore

 With increasing numbers of Americans living longer, many are finding themselves under guardianship. The guardian appointed may be a family member or friend, or a “professional” guardian or guardianship company.

In many cases, the guardian is honest and hardworking. Unfortunately, in some cases, however, the guardian abuses or exploits the ward. The exact magnitude of this problem is not known, but the names of articles in the popular press tell the story.1

The Courts Respond
The issue of guardianship abuse also has caught the attention of the courts. The Supreme Court now oversees the “Certified Professional Guardian Program.”2 With this program, there are two entities that supervise professional guardians: the Certified Professional Guardian Board and the Superior Court in each county.3 The Board reports to the Supreme Court.

The premise of this article is that this well-meaning effort to increase guardianship accountability is misplaced. Although courts traditionally have been responsible for guardianship oversight, they are ill suited for this function. Guardians should be licensed and regulated under the executive branch, not supervised by the courts.

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