Free Britney, b**ch!: femininity, fandom and #FreeBritney activism

Hopkins, Susan ORCID: (2022) Free Britney, b**ch!: femininity, fandom and #FreeBritney activism. Celebrity Studies, 13 (3). pp. 475-478. ISSN 1939-2397


When a Los Angeles judge ruled on November 12, 2021, that the conservatorship which Britney Spears had been held under for almost 14 years must be terminated, the outcome represented not only a significant victory for the pop star and her fans, but a defining moment for fandom and participatory culture generally. Since the conservatorship over Spears’s person and estate was established in 2008, fans have expressed concern for her welfare, with the #FreeBritney fan movement gathering momentum in 2019. Decoding Instagram posts of the pop superstar, committed fans seemed concerned that Britney was effectively trapped by the conservatorship and her management team, particularly by her apparently controlling father. Subsequently, fans successfully mobilised both online and on the ground forms of activism to support and encourage the star to reclaim legal control over her financial and personal affairs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2022 01:22
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 04:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Britney Spears; trainwreck femininity; fan activism; celebrity culture; pop music
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
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