Free Britney? Free Us All.

Does the “Free Britney” movement advance or undermine disability justice?

Nicole M. Luongo
Invisible Illness
Published in
4 min readJun 25, 2021


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After years of speculation that she has been held, medicated, and generally manipulated by a nefarious network of familial and state actors, on June 23, Britney Spears finally spoke.

During a 23-minute statement to a Los Angelos Superior Court judge, Spears explained the details of her conservatorship with excruciating clarity:

“I worked seven days a week, no days off, which in California the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking, making anyone work, work against their will, taking all their possessions away — credit card, cash, phone, passport card — and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them. They all lived in the house with me — the nurses, the 24–7 security. There was one chef that came there and cooked for me daily, during the weekdays. They watched me change every day — naked — morning, noon, and night. My body — I had no privacy door for my room, I gave eight gals of blood a week.”

To many, this was shocking. It confirmed the comments that have been left on her social media accounts, and validated what rabid fans have been saying for years — that Spears is being controlled.