Music-themed documentaries are so common these days that it’s hard for them to leave a mark—and then there’s Framing Britney Spears. Released on Hulu and FX as a part of The New York Times Presents, this documentary is redefining Spears’ legacy and making people see her in a whole new light.
Since its premiere on February 5th, Framing Britney Spears seems to be the only movie everyone’s talking about, and for a good reason. In addition to exploring the singer’s rise to fame during her teenage years, this film also sheds light on her mistreatment by various media outlets, especially in the light of her personal struggles during the mid-2000s.
The enormous success of this documentary is not surprising, since Spears attracted a lot of attention thanks to the #FreeBritney movement. The singer’s fans started this hashtag in an attempt to bring attention to the conservatorship that she has been living under for over a decade.
Framing Britney Spears became a true sensation since its premiere, but its effects go beyond trending tweets and viral memes. Many fellow Hollywood stars, including Miley Cyrus, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Courtney Love, sent words of encouragement and support her way. Numerous other celebrities received backlash after the documentary made it obvious they mistreated Spears during her darkest times.
Most importantly, the singer seems to be more likely to come out as a winner from her conservatorship fight. People are rediscovering her music, redefining her legacy, and rethinking the way we treat celebrities in the face of their hardships because they’re only human.