August 18, 2021
Supporters of Britney Spears gather outside a courthouse in downtown for a #FreeBritney protest as a hearing regarding Spears’ conservatorship is in session on August 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

The following is the transcript of Orit’s passionate video plea to #FreeBritney #FreeUs.

That was me 13 years ago dancing in my living room to Britney Spears. No, I’m not showing-off my hot bod back then. There is a deeper purpose.

Britney has always been inspiring to me and to millions of people. And she, like us, has experienced senseless lockdowns and a confiscation of basic rights.

I used to think Britney was just a fad until my younger sister made me watch her videos. I eventually became a huge fan, and so did so many of my friends. She was so fun, so pretty, and so passionate. She radiated freedom and individuality. She became the American Dream at age 17, rising to pop royalty from a small town in Louisiana through her sheer will, talent, and hard work.

She could get almost anyone to dance. In a living room or nightclub, she made us women and many men, too, feel sensual and alive—and that includes moms. I’m proud to pass on a love of Britney to my daughter.

But 13 years ago, her life force was taken away. After a notorious breakdown, her father, Jamie, took over her estate in what is called a “conservatorship.” From then, she had no more control of her own life, even as she made millions of dollars with a Las Vegas residency. Now, her only outlet for free self-expression seems to be her Instagram account. Talk about home-office.

The recent documentary “Framing Britney” brought to light the horrifying conditions of her father’s conservatorship. The #FreeBritney movement finally seemed to move the pop sensation, and she fought back in court petitioning for the conservatorship to end. The testimony is shocking and heartbreaking.

The control he had over someone as powerful as me — he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%. He loved it.

She describes how he sent her to a Beverly Hills home for a rehab program she had to pay for all the while making her rehearse for a concert she didn’t want to do and for a profit she didn’t want to give to her controllers.

I packed my bags and went to that place. 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 against their will, taking all their possessions away — credit card, cash, phone, passport — and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them.

She had to submit to weekly testing and therapy and was medicated and drugged. And what happened to “My body my choice?” They kept her on birth control.

And I want to progressively move forward. And I want to have the real deal. I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby, I have an [IUD] inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the [IUD] out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children, any more children. So basically this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life. I’ve worked my whole life.

Finally, she’s taking her mask off and fighting back. Finally, she’s showing the power that for so long she showed in her music: Individual strength. Freedom. Personal Power. Her handlers must be petrified.

And that’s why I’m telling you this again two years later, after I’ve lied and told the whole world “I’m OK and I’m happy.” It’s a lie. I thought I just maybe if I said that enough maybe I might become happy, because I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. You know, fake it till you make it. But now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.

 And the reason I’m telling you this is because I don’t think how the state of California can have all this written in the court documents from the time I showed up and do absolutely nothing — just hire, with my money, another person and keep my dad on board. Ma’am, my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship and my management who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no — ma’am, they should be in jail.

We are all Britney Spears now.

Because of a stupid virus, the government thinks it can control us. We are in its conservatorship for “our own good” and “for the good of society.” Our lives are not our own anymore.

We are being medically tested all the time and even drugged, if that’s what you could call a vaccine. We are constantly counting cases and being evaluated. We’re told when and where we could travel. We’re kept away from our families. We are forced to shut our mouths, literally and figuratively. All this–when we are of sound enough mind to take care of our own selves—and others. Enough. This has to end. We are being abused.

I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive, and that we can sit here all day and say oh, conservatorships are here to help people. But ma’am, there is a thousand conservatorships that are abusive as well.

I don’t feel like I can live a full life. I don’t owe them to go see a man I don’t know and share him my problems. I don’t even believe in therapy. I always think you take it to God.

In denying her rights, the State of California, which actually has the toughest Corona restrictions, has oppressed and exploited one of the most productive Americans today. It has crushed the American dream.

And that’s what these Corona restrictions seem to be about: suppressing the producers and creators so that others can feed off us, mostly bureaucrats and mediocre minds who cannot achieve half of what we productive, hard-working citizens do. It is a demented form of communism.

Because she’s speaking her mind, she finally got the right to her own lawyer. Sure, her life might be messy if she could always do what she wants. And sure, life might be a bit messy if we live without Corona restrictions, but that’s life! We are strong and smart enough to handle all of it and make our own decisions.

I’ve done MORE than enough. I don’t feel like I should even be in room with anyone to offend me by trying to question my capacity of intelligence, whether I need to be in this stupid conservatorship or not. I’ve done MORE than enough.

We’ve all done MORE than enough. The FreeBritney movement is a movement for us. We must take Britney’s inspiration and demand our rights back, but we don’t need the courts for that. We can do it without permission. Actually, we should sue the government, the way Britney wants to sue her family. They’re the one’s who have to ask permission to suck us of our lifeblood.

Free Britney. Free Us.

This video originally appeared on the German site, Die Achse Des Guten.


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