“As someone who has experienced a small taste of what Britney has gone through, I know that what she has done is a profoundly radical act.”
Amber Tamblyn defended Britney Spears over the pop singer’s shocking court testimony this week relating to her controversial conservatorship.
In an op-ed for The New York Times on Saturday titled “Britney Spears’ Raw Anger, And Mine,” the actress drew parallels between her and Britney’s trials as younger women within the leisure trade, specifically the monetary burden of supporting one’s household.
“Having seen some of the complications and consequences that come with finding fame and financial success at a young age, I can attest to how challenging this combination of factors can be to navigate, even for those with the best of intentions,” wrote Amber, who starred on “General Hospital” on the age of 11. “I also know how much potential they have to turn toxic, and how vulnerable they can make a young woman.”
“As I made more and more money, the circle of those I supported opened up to include extended family members and friends. I was everyone’s A.T.M.: a bank that was, nonetheless, unconditionally loved. Still, as I got older, it got harder to trust the source of that love.”
Amber defined how she turned the primary supply of earnings for her dad and mom, who have been additionally her enterprise managers. Though her dad and mom have been “supportive and ethical in every way,” Amber realized having them on the “payroll” was damaging their relationship and she or he ultimately severed ties with them professionally. In Britney’s testimony asking to finish her father’s management over her monetary and private selections, the singer claimed she had been supporting her household from her years of labor as a world music icon.
“As someone who has experienced a small taste of what Britney has gone through, I know that what she has done is a profoundly radical act,” Amber added. “When I see her giving her testimony now, I can’t help but think back to that bald Britney in 2007, raw in her rage and tired of being everyone’s spectacle.”
The “Joan of Arcadia” alum additionally drew comparisons to Britney over the scrutiny of her bodily look forged on her as younger feminine.
“One of Ms. Spears’s most disturbing claims this week was that she was forced to get an IUD to prevent her from having more children; it was not just her money they wanted to control, but also her body, because in entertainment, for young women, the two are almost invariably intertwined,” Amber wrote.
“I’ve experienced my own version of this dynamic. Growing up, my weight was openly discussed by everyone, from family members to Hollywood creatives,” she continued. “I’d grin and bear it, because staying silent — and thin — meant I would get hired again; getting hired again meant people would be proud of me and that I would have the money that was needed to keep the ship afloat.”
She concluded her piece by congratulating Britney for talking up and reminding ladies “that our autonomy, both bodily and fiscal, is worth fighting for.”
“We can’t unknow her truth now — as told in her own voice, not a voice that’s been written for her, curated for her, or projected onto her. Now, it’s really up to us to listen.”