‘While we’ve been entertained by her, Spears has been tortured’: Rose McGowan makes plea to #FreeBritney on Tucker Carlson show

The abusive control of singer Britney Spears by her father is not unlike what powerful sexual predators do to their victims, MeToo movement icon Rose McGowan said in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

The actress and activist went to the conservative network to make a case in support of Spears’ bid to overturn her conservatorship. The 1990s megastar has not been able to control her personal and financial life since 2008. After involuntary placement in a psychiatric ward, a court gave her father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet control over her actions and multi-million-dollar estate.

McGowan is among many people who have long perceived the arrangement as fishy and exploitative. This week, their concerns for Spears were justified after she made an appearance before a court to explain how she has been lying to her fans and herself that she was OK, and that in reality, she is “in shock,” “traumatized,” and “so angry it’s insane.”

“I understand that kind of rage,” McGowan said on Fox News. “I was the first one to go on record about Harvey Weinstein and that kind of sickness,” referring to the once-powerful Hollywood producer who was convicted of rape and sexual assault last year. Weinstein’s was arguably the highest-profile scalp collected by the MeToo movement against sexual abusers in the entertainment industry, in which McGowan was a leading voice.

“Hollywood and the media machine are rotten to the core,” and Spears is just another victim of the elite that treats individuals as disposable property, McGowan told Carlson. The singer has endured a “weird form of oppression,” being denied freedom by her family that readily profits from her talent, she said.

While we’ve all been entertained by Britney Spears, she has been tortured.

While in conservatorship, Spears continued her career as a performer. She had a four-year concert residency in Las Vegas, continued recording, and went on a tour in 2018. Fans wondered how at the same time she could be considered legally incapable of caring for herself. During her Wednesday court appearance, she said the tour was forced on her, as she listed her many grievances and said her life feels like that of a slave.

The questionable situation was highlighted earlier this year in a New York Times documentary called ‘Framing Britney Spears’. Ahead of her court appearance, the newspaper reported, citing court documents, that she has quietly been trying to get out of it since at least 2014, while publicly expressing contentment.

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McGowan’s interview was hailed by many, but some people took issue with the platform she used. While ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ is one of the most popular shows among conservative viewers, many on the left consider his positions loathsome and accuse him of dividing America for personal gain.

An advocate for women’s rights should not “breathe oxygen into to misogynistic, money-hungry a**holes who uphold the systems that oppress women,” one person said. Another said they passed on the interview because “I hate Tucker Carlson more than I like Rose McGowan.”

Similar outrage followed McGowan’s previous appearance on Fox News, during which she said politicians on both sides were trying to brainwash supporters cult-style.

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