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Netflix ‘to release its own Britney Spears documentary’ – but fans are already divided

Josh Milton February 16, 2021
Britney Spears turns to the left while smiling in a black dress

Britney Spears. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Netflix is reportedly taking its own shot at a Britney Spears documentary in the wake of Framing Britney Spears.

The New York Times documentary – released by Netflix’s American rival Hulu – earned plaudits for its candid dive into the highs and lows of Spears’ career: charting her meteoric rise, her highly-publicised breakup and contented conservatorship.

Netflix, according to Bloomberg, is set to drop its own film on the legendary hitmaker, directed by true-crime filmmaker Erin Lee Carr.

It is understood that a Netflix Britney documentary has been in the works long before Framing Britney Spears dropped earlier this month.

It’s not uncommon for two production companies to drop competing programmes – such as when both Hulu and Netflix released duelling documentaries on the Fyre Festival saga.

How Netflix’s own take on Britney’s life might unfold remains unknown at the time of writing.

Rumoured Netflix Britney Spears documentary is just more ‘exploitation’ say critics.

As much as the majority of Britney Spears’ legion of fans reacted to the news with glee, relieved that the documentary might help raise “more awareness“, some responded with unease.

Some said they were weary of yet another documentary on the singer made without her involvement, arguing it signalled a “new phase” of her “exploitation”.

Framing Britney Spears filmmakers sought to show how misogynistic the media was during the throes of the star’s late-noughties success.

In one example pulled from the archives that deeply alarmed viewers, a 70-year-old Star Search host Ed McMahon asked an 11-year-old Britney whether she had a boyfriend – she did not, for “all men are mean”, she said.

In scrutinising the media’s relentless focus on Spears’ body, sex life and mental health, the documentary ignited a fresh wave of criticism against the way the press and public treat women. Some media personalities have even owned up to the roles they placed in the musician’s downfall since it aired, while the film’s scathing portrayal of her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake prompted him to publicly apologise.

PinkNews contacted Netflix for comment.

More: Britney Spears, Framing Britney Spears, Hulu, netflix

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