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People on the Left and Right Want to #FreeBritney

If you haven’t heard the phrase “free Britney” in the past week or so, where have you been? It’s pretty hard to live under a rock these days, but just in case you have been, health reporter Sandhya Rahman spills the “tea” regarding Britney Spears’s conservatorship.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a conservator is “a person, official, or institution designated to take over and protect the interests of an incompetent.” Hold on a second. Britney is incompetent? Now that doesn’t sound right, and Congress agrees.

Britney Spears bridging the political gap

For the first time, in what seems like forever, Republicans and Democrats are annoyed about the same thing: free Britney. Republicans such as Ted Cruz, Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz all have weighed in on how conservatorship is a constitutional and freedom of choice issue. On the other hand, Democrats such as Elizabeth Warren, Katherine Clark and Caroline Maloney have drawn attention to other aspects of her conservatorship, regarding the reproductive freedom dictated by the conservatorship.

A tricky case

After Spears’s 23-minute court statement where she asked for freedom from the conservatorship, the wealth management firm Bessemer Trust— the co-conservator in her financial dealings—was asked to leave the arrangement.

However, with so many moving parts, such a prospect deems tricker to achieve than expected. Rahman points out how rare Spears’s case is; usually, conservatorships are arranged for people who are much older or have a disability that impedes them from doing day-to-day activities. With Spears, it’s different: She’s been working throughout the past 13 years at a much higher level. Not to mention, she’s incredibly rich— worth $6 million—which draws a lot of suspicion toward her father, who benefits from that money.

Will “free Britney” create new legislation?

The politicization of her case by Congress has raised larger questions concerning the operations of conservatorships across the country. As a result, many are demanding that Congress implement legislation to protect celebrities like Spears. And while this case is a start, only time will tell if Congress is committed to standing by Britney and those tied down by the ropes of conservatorships.

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