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John Mayer is getting emotional about Britney Spears. The GRAMMY-winning artist joined friend and host of SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live, Andy Cohen, on his radio show Monday morning, where he appeared as the surprise co-host, taking calls from SiriusXM subscribers.
The pair also touched on Mayer's personal life and the latest in entertainment news, including the Framing Britney Spears documentary.
Mayer revealed that he "almost cried 5 times" while watching the revealing doc, empathizing with what fame does to a person.
"I almost cried five times during that," the singer revealed. "To see the sadness in this human being, I almost, I mean the end, I mean, I was on the edge of tears five times, because if you understand what this business, slash industry, slash lifestyle does to a person. To go through this and come out the other side OK, is to have infinite grace for those who struggle with it."
Mayer credited his ability to navigate the industry mostly unscathed to being a man.
"I came out OK... I have a very strong feeling that part of that is because I'm a man. And I have a very strong feeling that a lot of these things that happen to female performers is endemic to being female. Why do so many men emerge going, 'Learned my lesson. Yes I got dinked in the head, but I'm back baby'? So I watched it with such grace for someone who got much more maligned by the inhuman experiment of fame than I did. And I go, 'Why did I get through that? Why did I find my way through that obstacle course? What was afforded to me stylistically'? The stylistic difference of being an outlaw. If you're a man, you're an outlaw. If you're a woman, you're kind of crazy. And when I watched that through that lens, my heart just ached the whole time.”
Mayer isn't the only celebrity to have a strong reaction to the Times documentary. Cohen tweeted in support of the pop star shortly after the doc aired.
"🌞 Good morning!🌞 have a great day! And: #FreeBritney," Cohen wrote.
"#FramingBritneySpears is a gut punch. So many horrible men/leeches in her life," Bertinelli wrote alongside a full list of all the men to whom she's referring.
"I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism," Timberlake wrote on Instagram. "I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed. I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from."
Timberlake too went on to note the privilege men are afforded in the industry.
"The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success," the statement continued. "It's designed this way. As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again."
The film, which has caused huge waves across the world since it launched in the US, is now on OSN
It’s Britney b*tch: The world’s most talked about documentary just surprise-dropped in the Middle East.
The doc is now available across the Middle East only on OSN and its streaming platforms.
The Framing Britney Spears doc, produced as part of the New York Times’ Hulu series The Weekly, has become a global sensation, sparking conversation and controversy and causing the music-loving world to revaluate the tumultuous career of the 39-year-old singer, including their place in misjudging and publicly mocking the pop star at her lowest moments.
The film, directed by Samantha Stark and produced by Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick, and Stephanie Priess, follows the career of Spears, her rise to fame, her transformation into an iconic figure within the American culture, and the controversial conservatorship that she has been living under since 2008, overseen by her father Jamie Spears—the crux of the #FreeBritney movement, which has been trending on social media nearly non-stop since the documentary's launch in the US.
The documentary also explores Britney's treatment by the paparazzi and addresses the questions that circulated following her highly publicized breakdown back in 2007.
Many film and music stars have either responded as fans or been forced to apologize after the documentary’s launch, including Justin Timberlake, who received renewed focus on his actions in painting her as a villain through his music and media appearances in the 2000s.
As many of you will know at this point, the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears has seen a tidal wave of interest since its initial release in the USA on February 5, 2021.
Aussies have had to hear about the explosive Framing Britney Spears documentary through the words of friends abroad (or the use of a VPN) because it has not had a home Down Under. That’s about to change, apparently.
Where can I watch Framing Britney Spears in Australia?
According to TV Tonight, the Britney Spears documentary is headed for Australian screens on March 2, 2021, at 9pm AEDT. Framing Britney Spears is expected to air on the Nine Network right after Married at First Sight (talk about shifting gears) next Tuesday night, so look alive and be sure to mark your calendars, people.
Producer / Director Samantha Stark opens up about the hardships of telling Britney Spears’ story without having access to the singer. Stark employed an all-female crew to look back at the treatment of the pop star as she broke through in the music industry and became a tabloid target. The documentary also looks into the star’s conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement, which is critical of the star’s father being in control of his daughter’s financial and personal affairs. Stark also reveals how Britney’s former long-time assistant and Spears family friend Felicia Culotta became involved in the documentary after years of turning down interview requests. Spears nor her team participated in the movie. The New York Times Presents ‘Framing Britney Spears’ premieres simultaneously on FX and FX on Hulu on Feb. 5.
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