With the spotlight on Britney Spears and her heart wrenching plea to be released from her 13 year conservatorship in recent days, I had to see the much talked about documentary Framing Britney Spears.
Without a doubt the documentary shines a light on the superstar's talent, rise to stardom, varied relationships, mistreatment from the media, mental breakdown, and restrictive conservatorship. The archival footage was impressive as the production crew had no access to Britney herself. However, her fandom, Britney’s Army, was behind her and in full force.
It was very interesting to see how money, fame, intense media attention, paparazzi, stress and being female can create the perfect storm for people to build you up and tear you down. To the audience's surprise Britney is an extremely rich person living in a form of captivity. Yes, right here in America.
Paris Hilton was briefly featured in the Britney documentary. Paris currently has a documentary out called This is Paris.
This is Paris is about a young woman growing up during the dawn of social media. She was one of the beautiful popular kids that everyone wanted to watch. Paris created a persona that she turned into a cash machine. This documentary shows you the dual roles she plays and how she turns on and off the character that has helped her rule social media, create her brand and her companies.
The huge difference between these friends is Paris controls everything in her sphere. She is the BOSS. Even her documentary which presently has 22 million views is on Paris’s YouTube Channel. While Britney’s documentary was produced by someone else, streaming on a platform of which, yet again, she has no control over.
Interestingly enough, the treatment of women in the media became shockingly obvious in both of these documentaries. Paris fell victim to an ex-boyfriend releasing a sex tape without her permission and Britney was slain by Justin Timberlake and Diane Sawyer implying her unfaithful, slutty actions were behind the young couples breakup.
How we treat women in the media can be cruel. This was shortly after the impeachment of Bill Clinton where our country figuratively stoned the 23 year only Monic Lewinsky’s character to death. As a media culture we need to treat women with respect, and not fall into the old traps of a patriarchal society.
Framing Britney Spears Documentary, Directed by Samantha Stark, Produced by Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick, Stephanie Priess with the NY Times streaming on Hulu.
This is Paris Documentary, Directed by Alexandra Dean, Produced by Paris Hilton; Aaron Saidman.
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