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What's behind the Free Britney movement

Today on Front Burner, we’re talking about the movement to free Britney Spears from a conservatorship that controls her finances and personal life, and why it’s about a lot more than one pop star.
Singer Britney Spears attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in 2018 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

This week, Britney Spears lost a legal battle to remove her father as her conservator — a court-ordered agreement that has put him and a lawyer in charge of her finances and daily life since 2008. Her conservatorship has spawned #FreeBritney, a sometimes-conspiratorial movement whose adherents believe Spears is essentially a prisoner in her own life. But it has also attracted the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union, who have offered Spears legal support and consider her guardianship a disability rights issue.

Today, Constance Grady, a culture writer for Vox, joins us to talk about Spears' conservatorship, how she got here, and why some people feel that this story is about a lot more than one pop star. 

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