After the latest setback in Britney Spears' explosive conservatorship battle, the #FreeBritney movement has mutated into a full-blown crusade.
With legions of supporters that seem to be growing by the second, the movement is unafraid of locking horns with a justice system they deem to be wicked. Their fervent support of Spears has remained resolute as she remains ensnared in a 13-year legal arrangement that has given her father, Jamie Spears, complete control of her life.
In a 20-minute statement provided by Spears in late June to a probate judge in Los Angeles, the pop icon harangued the conservatorship, saying she wants to sue her family after being "abused" by a therapist, among other shocking allegations. Despite her pleas for help, the court ultimately denied her request to remove her father as conservator.
As manic fan videos and memes with "Toxic" wordplay pervade social media, it's clear that what started out as a widely panned conspiracy theory has now morphed into a cultural juggernaut with undeniable credibility. Ergo, Spears' case has rippled through the pop culture landscape and triggered reactions from all over the world, including from many in the dance music community.
Revered music tech journalist and DJ Dani Deahl bemoaned the conservatorship for underpinning "the ever powerful stereotype of women and hysteria."
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Famed dance music singer-songwriter VASSY weighed in on the predicament through the lens of the irony of Bill Cosby's stunning release from prison, which took place the same day Spears lost her latest appeal. The disgraced actor, who had been facing a litany of sexual assault allegations, had his conviction overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
For more on Spears' conservatorship battle, read the bombshell exposé published by The New Yorker.