Sam Asghari Is Right, Money Made From New Britney Documentary Should Go To Charity

Her fiancé also responded to a comment which claimed the documentary could be 'exploitative' - even if it is in support of freeing Britney.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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In February, Framing Britney Spears, the Emmy-nominated documentary about the popstar and her struggles with her conservatorship, dropped. A lot has happened since then. In June, Britney gave an emotional testimony in court{ =nofollow}, where she claimed the arrangement (her father was granted control of her affairs in 2008) was 'abusive', alleged that she was put on the psychiatric drug lithium against her wishes, and that she was denied the right to have more children as she had an IUD fitted against her will. Her father Jamie maintains he has always acted in her best interests.

Since the release of her debut single, ...Baby One More Time, in 1998 Britney has been one of the most famous popstars in the world. She was famously taunted and bullied by the media in the 00s, and following her public breakdown in 2007, has been under a conservatorship, which she is still fighting to be released from. While her treatment by the media might not be as terrible as it once was, there's still just as much interest in her personal life. Which has been proven by the announcement of another documentary on Britney, Britney Vs Spears, which is set to air on Netflix later this month.

But what are these documentaries really doing to help Britney? After the release of Framing Britney Spears{ =nofollow}, she said - before she even watched it - she cried for two weeks and that she was embarrassed by the light it put her in. So, while the case is still in court, what is another documentary, which apparently hasn't had her authorisation, really going to do? Make more money for Netflix, and further upset her?

Sam Asghari - Britney's fiancé - made a valid point on Netflix's Instagram page, saying that he hoped the money made from the film could go to charity. 'I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney,' he wrote.

The dancer also responded to another comment, which pointed out that these films could still be seen as unethical, even if they're in support of Britney. And that maybe any profit should go towards paying the legal fees for Britney, or other people in conservatorships. 'How much money is being made by third parties from this documentary leveraging Britney's personal story and its value in the media,' Bobby Campbell, an American music manager, asked, 'there needs to be transparency about how or whether the filmmakers are profiting from this doc, or if they are donating their fees to Britney's legal defence, or to legal defence funds to aide those who do not have the financial resources to fight against undue conservatorships. Even if this is in support of freeing Britney, this appears that it could be exploitative.'

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