Framing Britney Spears Viewers Shocked At Resurfaced Game Show Clip Mocking Her Breakdown
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Fans have been left open-mouthed by some of the revelations in New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears.
The one-off programme mainly focused on the controversial conservatorship the pop star, now 39, has been locked into since 2008 - but also looked in depth and the misogynistic culture Britney faced throughout her career.
The documentary shone a spotlight on behaviour that was accepted in the early aughts but would definitely not be allowed to fly now, such as Justin Timberlake disclosing on national radio that he had taken Britney's virginity, and Diane Sawyer's jaw-dropping interview in which she made Britney break down in tears.
However, it was a clip from a 2008 episode of American gameshow Family Feud (the Stateside equivalent of Family Fortunes) which left some Britney fans entirely irate - you can see a clip from the doc below.
Airing in 2008 after her well-documented 2007 mental breakdown, in which she shaved her head and then attacked a paparazzo, host John O'Hurley asked: "Name something Britney Spears has lost over the last year."
With the full clip unearthed on YouTube by Tyla, some of the answers provided by contestants included: "Her husband", "her mind" and perhaps even more repulsively, "her virginity."
Fans quickly took to Twitter to air their distaste at the episode, which was used to underscore how Britney's mental health had become a tabloid punchline after her breakdown.
"Jesus, the Family Feud episode on Britney," one person wrote. "We as a society should be ashamed."
"The Family Feud segment on what Britney has 'lost' has made me physically ill," another disgusted viewer said.
"The clip of the Family Feud round where the question was 'name something Britney Spears has lost' broke my heart," wrote a third, while a fourth said: "There is so much ugliness towards Britney. That Family Feud clip was appalling."
"That footage in the doc of Family Feud having 'name something Britney lost this year' as a category and the contestant saying 'her mind' and the ding ding ding of it appearing on the scoreboard like her health is a f***ing punchline is making me see flames," a fifth angry viewer said.
Britney herself did not participate in the documentary, but her boyfriend of four years, Sam Asghari, has since reached out, thanking fans for their support.
"I have always wanted nothing but the best for my better half, and will continue to support her following her dreams and creating the future she wants and deserves," he told People.
"I am thankful for all of the love and support she is receiving from her fans all over the world, and I am looking forward to a normal, amazing future together."
Framing Britney Spears is available to watch on Hulu in America. A UK airdate is yet to be announced.