A very important thing happens when a statement is made in a court room to a judge. In this case, the country suddenly took notice of singer Britney Spears, in a very different, and important, light.
Spears, now 39-years-old and one of America’s biggest pop stars, is pleading to a court to be freed from a conservatorship which has had complete control over her life and estate for 13 years.
She “passionately told a judge Wednesday that she wants to end the ‘abusive’ case that had made her feel demoralized and enslaved,” reported the Associated Press.
Further, she accused the conservators, including her father Jamie Spears, of forcing her to use birth control, exploiting her life and work, and essentially keeping her enslaved.
At one point Spears said, “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive, I want my life back.”
This began when Spears had some mental health issues in 2008, during which her father petitioned the court for an emergency “temporary conservatorship” which was made permanent later that same year and has been in force to this day.
Most people have viewed Spears with some amusement over the years, with snippets from media showing her in a distressed emotional states, or perhaps with her hair was unbrushed. Once, in what was portrayed as the last psychiatric straw, she appeared in public with her head shaved and attacked a paparazzi’s car.
If that’s the standard for insanity, why are Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn still roaming freely?
Enslavement and abuse are serious words. And they are appropriate here.
USA Today reported on her remarks to the judge in an effort to wrench herself from what she movingly describes as abusive exploitation: “I want to be able to get married and have a baby,’ she said during hearing. ‘I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby, I have an IUD inside of me right now so I don’t get pregnant.’ Spears noted: ‘I wanted to take the IUD out so I can start trying to have another baby but this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have any more children.”
What country is this? We are supposed to believe that Spears is not in control of her mind enough to where she can be in charge of her life, but in the meantime she has performed consistently and successfully to such a degree that she has amassed a $50 million fortune through her work.
Even in the 21st century, far too many women are still dismissed as disturbed or ‘troubled’ because they do not conform or are particularly unique in the midst of an increasingly compliant and conformist society.