‘Britney’s Gram’ in Hot Water?
The podcast was recently reported to the FBI and U.S. Dept. of Health following concerns it may have crossed the line and violated the singer’s right to privacy.
With everything that has come to light, ‘Britney’s Gram’ could now be facing some pretty serious consequences after a group of concerned individuals say they have filed multiple complaints against the podcast, including with the FBI, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (due to potential HIPAA violations), and State Bar of California. While the details of the complaints are unclear, some users on social media have expressed concern with potential privacy violations as a direct result of communications the podcast received from someone claiming to be a “paralegal” with inside knowledge to Britney’s conservatorship and recent hospitalization. Of course Tess Barker and Babs Gray of Britney’s Gram are trying to damage control and say that they have not been reported to any such entity — but I know, for a fact, that they have. I, myself, have even personally reported them to the OCR.
If there’s one positive thing that the ‘Britney’s Gram’ podcast has done, it’s that they’ve ignited a very important conversation on the topic of mental illness, and why it should be treated as a delicate matter — something they’re not doing when it comes to Britney Spears mental health. Unfortunately, because of the attention that Tess Barker and Babs Gray are now receiving as a result of their podcast, the viral #FreeBritney hashtag and the “bombshells” they dropped about the supposed behind-the-scenes goings-ons surrounding Britney Spears’ conservatorship, Barker and Gray also now seem to be under the belief that they are also experts in the field of mental health.
Case in point: On Thursday, Tess Barker and Babs Gray appeared on Access Hollywood to talk about their podcast. During the interview, Barker made some rather starting statements about involuntary commitments, stating, “I think there’s danger in being in an institution when you don’t want to be there.”
First of all, I would like to know what medical qualifications Ms. Barker has that even gives her the authority to make the above assumption? Some have posed this question to her on social media, but it’s a question she has yet to answer. Of course, most people don’t want to be held in a facility against their will — but sometimes, it’s necessary. Secondly, I don’t think Tess, Babs, or any of Britney’s fans who are pushing the ‘Free Britney’ message have any understanding as to how mental health really works and what it means to be unwell, and it’s evident they have very little understanding of how bipolar disorder works (it’s alleged that that’s what Britney suffers from.) So, as someone who has struggled with their own mental health (depression, to be specific), let me break it down for you know-it-alls: There are some people who, while from all outward appearances, will seem okay, but will still need constant support. There are people who absolutely need their medications in order to fully function and get through their daily lives, and then, when they think that they’re “cured”, will stop taking their medication and try to rationalize all the reasons why they think they don’t need it anymore, and shit hits the fan all over again. They then become a danger to themselves (and potentially to others), and are committed. Depending on the severity of the mental illness, this can become quite the cycle. Fact of the matter is, as much as Britney’s fans think they know about her situation, they really don’t know anything. They are assuming she’s being held against her will and that she’s capable of managing every single aspect of her life, when in reality, they don’t know that at all.
#FreeBritney could have been a really positive thing if it didn’t turn into the shit show that it has now become, and things like this are exactly why Britney hates her fans. They know she has anxiety and that she is in a serious situation that needs to be handled with the utmost care — especially from the media and the general public, yet they’re all acting as if she owes something to them. What even is the end goal of the #FreeBritney movement? Because it’s not like she is going to come out and spill the beans, so y’all can give up that dream — and even if she did, the fans probably wouldn’t like what she would have to say anyway because they will only speculate that her words are forced.
To make matters all the more cringeworthy, Britney’s fans are calling her conservatorship “one of the largest civil rights violations in history,”and as a result, have planned a #FreeBritney protest for this coming Monday at 4 PM in front of West Hollywood City Hall. Last I checked, you protest things like climate change, politics, and #BlackLivesMatter — not pop stars. If these Britney stans truly want to do something good and make a change while actually legitimizing their movement, they should go clean up a littered beach with some gloves while blasting Britney music and wearing their #FreeBritney t-shirts. You know, something that’s actually productive. Instead, they have (in my opinion) irreparably damaged Britney’s brand. Do I think their concern for Britney is coming from a bad place? No. But it’s certainly coming from a very, very stupid one — because those fans that are screaming “FREE BRITNEY!!! LET HER LIVE A NORMAL LIFE!!!” are the exact same fans who criticize her for being too “boring” whenever she doesn’t post on Instagram, Twitter, etc. One fan even went to Sam Lutfi for his opinion — the same man who, back in 2008, Britney’s fans declared the devil. The same man who admitted, on the record, to drugging the pop star. The same man who Britney, herself, testified against.
Speculating on Britney’s mental health and following or creating conspiracy theories about her state of mind, whether true or not, is abhorrent behaviour that only cements the notion that she has the absolute worst fans — many of whom who clearly haven’t progressed from 2007 — and when all’s said and done, I hope Britney just stays away and quietly retires, because she owes this awful fanbase absolutely nothing.