Although fans of American pop star Britney Spears have been advocating for Spears’ autonomy for years, the #FreeBritney movement has gained a lot of traction recently due to the amplification facilitated by social media. People across the world have spoken out in support of the celebrity, insisting that she should have control over her finances.
Spears was declared mentally unstable by a judge after various public breakdowns in 2008, and the legal responsibility of supervising her financial assets was assigned to her father, Jamie. However, Spears has maintained that the conservatorship is unfair and even abusive. In an appearance before the court in June, Spears said: “I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m okay and I’m happy, […] If I said that enough, maybe I’d become happy. I’m in shock. I’m traumatised. I’m so angry it’s insane. […] I’m scared of people. I don’t trust people with what I’ve been through, […] It’s not okay to force me to do anything I don’t want to do. […] I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live a full life.”
The #FreeBritney movement has not only captured the interest of fans but also of other celebrities who have expressed their support, including the likes of Miley Cyrus, Cher and Paris Hilton. Among her latest allies is the actress of Danny DeVito’s 1996 comedy Matilda – Mara Wilson.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Wilson joined others in calling for justice for Britney Spears: “I really feel like I keep thinking about her song, ‘Overprotected’, and I think that she really needs to be able to live her life for herself, because she hasn’t for so long.
“She has been a living a life under somebody else’s control and that is terrible, and I think that is the truth for a lot of people who achieve that level of fame. They don’t really have any freedom.”
She added: “But she didn’t have any freedom because of paparazzi and because of what was done to her because of the conservatorship, so I think that we need to let her live her life because anybody would be chafing under those restrictions, anybody would be struggling.”