Why The Britney Spears Narrative Is Mostly B.S.

See if you can spot the fallacy: Britney Spears received a lot of attention from the press. Britney Spears went crazy. Hence the first occurrence caused the second. As a former member of the celebrity-industrial complex, I can reveal: It isn’t actually that hard to be a celebrity. They control their coverage far more than you’d think. (Angelina Jolie, for instance, adjusts hers as though finessing a volume knob.) I was the music editor at People magazine for some of the peak years of Spears’s career (when she happily sat for interviews to be our cover girl), and I can tell you this too: The picture presented by Framing Britney Spears, a new New York Times/Hulu documentary, is guilty of exaggeration, oversimplification, and (most of all) indulging in a heroes-and-villains vision of complicated, messy lives. In other words: There’s a lot of tabloid in this Times production.

With all the crazy shit Britney was doing into her adulthood, the bad relationships, the bad decisions regarding her career, etc., the court’s had no choice but to let her dad handle her money.

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