I do not know if you saw the headlines about Britney Spears over the weekend, but they were not the warmest in her career. The pop music legend was apparently eating at a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley with her husband Sam Asgari and her bodyguard when she became “manic” and ran out. A video of the incident in which she allegedly spoke “gibberish” has since spread around the world. Last night, she posted a response video in which she dances and shows her middle fingers to “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls, and all this attracted a lot of media attention.
This media attention began when TMZ published a story yesterday morning that showed a video shot by someone at a restaurant in which Spears talks to a restaurant employee and then hides his face so that he is not seen. She apparently left shortly after, and witnesses allegedly said she was acting “manic” the whole time. Since then, the incident has been picked up by many other publications, including Page Six and The Daily Mail. And the noise has only gotten louder since Spears released the aforementioned video in which she turns off the camera and dances.
In general, all this is perceived by many as an occasion to point out and talk about Britney Spears, but I think that much more context is actually needed here. Some parts of this story, in my opinion, are understated, and this is used to present the singer in a negative light. So let’s go back for a second and give some context.
Britney Spears appeared in the late 90s and early 00s as one of the most famous pop stars in history. She was just a teenager when she first became famous, and after she released a number of hits, the media circus around her grew to such an extent that paparazzi followed her almost everywhere she went. She later got married, divorced, and after a series of highly publicized mental health incidents involving photographers following her and her attacks, was placed in custody.
After more than a decade under the tutelage, which was mainly led by her father Jamie Spears, Britney Spears finally got her freedom in November 2021. Soon she got married to Asgari and spent the last year doing various things she hadn’t done before. she is not allowed, among other things, to drink coffee, use a bank card and plan her own schedule, but not limited to that. She also posts messages on social media where she openly talks about her feelings related to custody, and posts many videos and photos expressing herself, sometimes in NSFW style.
However, fans have repeatedly, especially over the past six months, complained that Spears is rarely seen outside her home. In fact, her absence from public view led to her Instagram comments section being bombarded with conspiracy theories that questioned if she was okay or if there was something wrong with her. The chatter became so loud that she even had to turn off comments on most of her posts.
So, to summarize, we have a woman who became famous at a very young age and was placed in custody after a series of incidents in which she was harassed and harassed by members of the paparazzi until she lashed out. For the past six months, fans have been relentlessly harassing the same woman on social media, asking why she is no longer seen in public. Then, finally, this woman decides to go to a random restaurant near her house with her husband, and what happens?
Well, according to TMZ, almost immediately after her arrival, “visitors pulled out their cellphones and started filming her.” Have you seen the real video of her walking around the restaurant? She was picked up from the table by someone sitting diagonally from her. So, to be really frank, after she walked into the restaurant and random fans started openly taking pictures of her, another customer at the table, mostly next to her, took out his phone and just started taking pictures of her.
I haven’t been to JOEY, a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, and have no idea what Britney Spears said to other patrons or employees. Maybe she was rude. Maybe she was really talking “gibberish”, as people claim, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that if I went to eat at a restaurant with my wife, and someone at the next table pulled out their phone and just started recording me, I would get up and leave too.
I mean, given all this, is it really that weird that she went home and dropped the next video with the middle finger?
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I do not know exactly what happened in the restaurant. Perhaps Spears was doing something not according to the rules. I don’t know. But it’s absolutely ridiculous to think that Spears should have just sat and had dinner while an army of other customers took out their phones and started shooting videos while she was just trying to eat calmly. And it’s completely ridiculous to think that they should take out their phones and take pictures and shoot celebrities in restaurants. If I tried to eat and people wouldn’t stop filming me, I’d start acting “manic” too, and I’m sure many other people would do the same.