Netflix’s ‘Britney vs Spears’ Tastelessly Gawks at Singer’s Scandals: TV Review

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Netflix’s ‘Britney vs Spears’ Tastelessly Gawks at Singer’s Scandals: TV Review
Say this much for Netflix’s new documentary “Britney vs. Spears”: It certainly wasn’t made with the objective of pleasing her fans in mind.

The documentary, directed by Erin Lee Carr, is intended as an exploration of the pop star’s current struggle to escape the conservatorship, run by her father, that controls her life. On the way there, though, there’s no side of Spears’ story too uncomfortable or personal to depict. The doc spins its wheels rehashing Spears’ divorce from Kevin Federline and her time as an object of tabloid interest, complete with unflattering paparazzi video footage of Spears at a destabilized moment in 2007. The voices of figures from Spears’ past, including former manager Sam Lutfi and paparazzo ex Adnan Ghalib, are given precedence, and text messages from Spears, provided to the production by Ghalib, play onscreen. At one point, we hear a late-night voicemail message
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