The Importance of the #FreeBritney Movement and How We Talk About Mental Health

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Britney Spears rose to superstardom in the late 1990s and is commonly referred to as the "Princess of Pop." But, unfortunately, the singer's phenomenal success was followed by damaging media coverage. Tabloids looking to sensationalize Britney's life did so to the detriment of the singer's mental health — and the consequences have been lasting.

In 2008, closed door legal proceedings led to the pop star being placed under a strict conservatorship. The conservatorship, which is governed by her father, Jamie Spears, has not only stripped the singer of her agency, but it has cast a harsh light on how mental health is covered and discussed at large. Now, over a decade later, Spears, 39, is still under that conservatorship, and, in the wake of the new New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears, the #FreeBritney movement has seen a recent resurgence.