Britney Spears followers are blocking TMZ over the positioning's new unauthorized documentary of the singer, calling it 'exploitation'

  • Britney Spears followers are blocking TMZ on their social feeds in protest of a brand new Britney Spears movie.
  • “The Worth of Freedom” covers Spears’ life since her conservatorship led to November 2021.
  • Followers have known as the venture “harassment,” and inspired supporters to disclaim TMZ engagement.

Birtney Spears followers are blocking TMZ on their social feeds to protest the gossip outlet’s new, unauthorized film devoted to Spears’s life since her conservatorship ended.

In “Britney Spears: The Worth of Freedom,” TMZ workers describe marital strife between Spears and her husband, Sam Asghari, and share accusations that Spears has been “bodily” with Asgahari. The venture has been criticized for not together with any firsthand accounts from individuals who know Spears personally, as Insider’s Eve Crosbie has reported. 

Followers have accused the movie of “exploitation” and “gaslighting.” Many have questioned the veracity of the movie’s accusations and have encouraged supporters to block the outlet in a #TMZBlockParty and #JusticeForBritney protest to precise their disapproval and deny the outlet engagement on its salacious content material. 

Forward of the venture’s premiere on Fox on Monday, 29-year-old Asghari posted a video to his Instagram tales on Sunday denouncing the movie.

“How are you going to take probably the most influential particular person of her technology, the Princess of Pop, America’s sweetheart, and put her in jail the place her father tells her what to do, what water to drink, who to see, and use her as a money-making machine… After which, swiftly, after 15 years — when she’s free in spite of everything that gaslighting, after all of the issues that went down — now you are going to put her beneath a microscope and inform her story? No, no, that is additionally disgusting, so do not try this.”

He additionally requested viewers to not imagine what they learn in clickbait designed “to become profitable.” 

Spears, who grew to become well-known at 16, confronted years of inexhaustible, all-consuming tabloid protection of her life and psychological well being — most notably in 2007 when she shaved her head. (In 2008, Spears was positioned beneath a conservatorship, led by her father, that would not finish till 2021).


Partially due to a name for accountability from Spears’s followers, many now view that period’s cultural fixation and protection of the 26-year-old to have been gravely irresponsible and misogynistic. Retailers similar to Glamour have apologized to Spears publicly after the New York Instances documentary “Framing Britney Spears” aired in February 2021, writing: “We’re sorry, Britney. We’re all in charge for what occurred to Britney Spears.” 


This isn’t the primary time that Spears’ followers have leveraged social media on behalf of the star. The grassroots #FreeBritney marketing campaign, which believed Spears was being managed and manipulated in her conservatorship, developed from a distinct segment on-line group into a strong activism car that pushed Britney’s case to the forefront of the cultural consciousness. In a 2020 court filing, Spears’ lawyer mentioned the #FreeBritney motion was “important” to ending a conservatorship that Spears later described as “abusive.” Spears herself thanked the motion for talking up on her behalf when her voice was “muted and threatened.”


Many imagine the identical unrelenting, sensationalized protection of Spears’ sexuality, psychological well being, and motherhood would not fly immediately — 16 years later — thanks partly to social media and the #MeToo motion. Jen Peros, a former Us Weekly editor, informed the New York Instances in 2021 that Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have been modern examples of celebrities handled extra humanely in information protection. However, followers fear that the brand-new TMZ “The Worth of Freedom” venture is a recent instance of protection that is tantamount to “harassment.”

Spears has not publicly commented on the documentary, and Spears’ representatives didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.