Interesting interview the documentary filmmakers that covers a lot of ground:
‘Framing Britney Spears’ Filmmakers Peel Back the Layers of Conservatorship Battle: “There’s So Much More to the Story”
"I hope that what our documentary did is contribute to this idea that we should start listening to Britney and believing her," says Samantha Stark, who, along with Liz Day, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter after Spears' second court appearance, about the pair's ongoing work on the case and...
Something also that we’ve been thinking about a lot that applies to Britney, but also to all conservatorships, is this idea of consent. They keep saying it’s a voluntary conservatorship, and we’re still trying to figure out what exactly that means. What a lot of people in their coverage of this and in the letter of the law are not taking into account is the idea of coercion and power dynamics. She’s saying, “I felt forced into this facility,” and they might come back and say, “Well, she signed herself in. How could she be forced?” But they’re not taking into account what we’ve been talking about a lot post-#MeToo, which is power dynamics and how not objecting to something doesn’t necessarily mean you’re consenting to it.
She even said in court that she felt like she got punished if she stood up for herself. She talked about having visits with her kids or boyfriend taken away. And so, if you’re a person who they’re signing a paper saying you consent to something, but being given consequences if you don’t — very severe consequences, it sounds like, from what she said — that’s not being taken into account. So letter of the law, they can’t force her into a facility, and then they’re saying, letter of the law, “We didn’t do it. She signed a consent form.” That seems like it could happen in all conservatorships.