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The Enslavement of an Icon: Britney Spears Begs for Freedom

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The story of Britney Spears is a modern fairytale turned horror. Love or hate her music, Britney contributed to the evolution of the global pop music industry as we know it.

Trailblazing her own brand of sweet and sour girl sass, she got taken to the edge by the toxicity of the machine she sweated to build. Rather than support for her to make it out the other side of her long dark night, she got shut there forever, whilst being made to sing for her supper by the very people who had benefited from her fame most.

Britney Spears is still locked in her tower, spinning royalties from dusk till dawn, forced to use an IUD, perform, and restricted from seeing her children, marrying her partner, or talking to the media about her life.

This Slogging thread by Akasha Rose, Amy Tom, Justin Roberti, Linh Smooke and Laura W occurred in slogging’s official #random channel, and has been edited for readability.

I’ve felt incensed about the Britney Speers conservatorship since I heard of it a few years ago. Her family have no right to make money from her royalties or by demanding that she perform. They have been using seeing her children as a means to control her, which is cruel and inhumane.
Finally, after years of people saying that Britney wants her voice to be heard, she has had a chance to go on record in court that they forcefully installed an IUD in her, which amongst other things is sexual assault.
A future of a peer to peer music industry, where artists receive income through NFTs and direct subscriptions from fans hopefully will remove the music industry middle men leaching off young and inexperienced talent.
In this day I can’t fathom how women are still considered property to be controlled and farmed for their products, music or otherwise. She and I are a similar age and she has spent most of her adult life in captivity. https://twitter.com/enews/status/1407839047041626112

Something that comes to mind for me on this matter as well is that the ownership of pregnancy prevention falls on the woman. Imagine if a male singer was forced to get a vasectomy 🤔

Unfortunately with regards to the NFTs, I imagine that if she had created them that her family would have minted it and gotten all the money. Whoever is the original minter gets the profits, regardless of who is the artist

The debacle of women not having ownership of their music though is not new – think ke$ha and Taylor Swift as well

Whenever I see a perfume add with her image, or hear her music in a shopping mall, all I can think is that how can the corporations benefiting from the use of her music or image justify it to themselves. It’s effectively slavery on a million dollar scale. It’s so huge, people choose not to see it.

https://twitter.com/WomensAgenda/status/1407891763423899651
In this article she states that she was “forced” to tour in 2018 against her wishes, had all her possessions taken away, and had been put on lithium.

“I feel ganged up on. I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone…..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.”
She said her father controlled the conservatorship, and approves all of the conditions she lives under.
“He was the one who approved all of it,” Spears said. “I cried on the phone for an hour, and he loved every minute of it.”
“The control he had over someone as powerful as me, as he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000 per cent. He loved it.”

“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.”

In a capitalist society with a legal structure that understands and respects money more than people, choosing to not maximize profits is often treated as the choice of someone who must be insane. Her father took two events – the birth of her first baby (to have leverage over her) and her short lived and pretty understandable breakdown and uses them as an excuse to trap her and force her to earn. And in our society it is unpopular to follow any principle beyond profit incentive, so he got away with it. My questions are how did this go on for 13 years and what will it take to give Britney her freedom.

I find it clever that as an artist, she’s been trying to tell us this for years with the content of her music! Toxic, Criminals, Womanizor, Circus…We love to tell this story of Britney as a victim, and in many ways, she is. But What I’d love more coming out of this long fight, is HERstory of how she does it and eventually claims ownership of her own shit. What her father and her conservators cannot do, is to BE BRITNEY, create music like her, connect to the audience like she does. And what has captivated believers of the #freebritney movement and any 90s-baby-believers like myself is this “bad-ass feminist” angle that people conveniently ignore when telling her story.

I hope Britney is free soon too, Justin Roberti, for her sake and the sake of all young women who should be free to shine their talents. Although it was barely more than a decade ago, so much has changed and Cardi B and Beyonce have shown you can be a sexy AF international music sensation even after pregnancy and motherhood.

Frankly, how dare they make her perform whilst taking her money.

And not letting her have a family.

yeah jamie spears should go to jail.

It’s pretty typical for toxic personalities to use family (including kids) against a victim — and for Narcissistic Personality Disorder parents to treat their children as property. It also makes it pretty specifically a matter of women’s rights because every aspect of her sexuality which was shaped into a product when she was only 17 years old to then becoming a mother which seems to have been used as leverage to demand her compliance. It’s medieval. I don’t know much at all about her father, but his behavior is pretty on pattern for NPD, from the point of view of a layman who has studied NPD for years.

ur kidding, just learned about it A TON on tiktok the other day. That checks out.

not medical professionals and by no mean meant to diagnose people LOL

I am profoundly not an expert in this area, know next to nothing about the man, and I don’t mean to suggest I have the ability to diagnose him or anyone. But I have listened to hundreds of victims of NPD tell their stories — and some of the lifetime destructive things they do, don’t just fall into consistent patterns, they become achingly common.

The loss of bodily autonomy for women is…..so saddening. With all this talk about Britney and what she has and has not been allowed to do under a conservatorship, it amounts to abuse. Sexual, Financial, Mental abuse.
There was a Netflix doc on Guarantorship that was heartwrenching but dealt with elder abuse. This is catching the world’s eye because Britney is:

  1. Young
  2. Famous

Doesn’t make it right for anyone to live under these kinds of restrictive terms. The control over her reproductive rights is sickening…just sickening.

It is achingly common Justin Roberti and the only difference here is the monumental scale of it – which is why it is in the media, rather than shuffled under the carpet as a “women’s problem”

I love this perspective too (from the account So you wanna talk about it on Instagram)

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Akasha Rose let’s publish this one today.

Miley put a call to free Britney into a song (again). Elon either tweeted to free Britney, or to pump a coin. Genuine support or cynical plays do you think Justin Roberti Linh Smooke Amy Tom Laura W and what role and responsibility does the media have in this?

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1411945961815826432

This is at least the second time Miley put it in a song apparently. https://twitter.com/futurehourz/status/1407924512893534213

Does she mean it? Or a cynical play. https://twitter.com/godneysjs/status/1411929410870075392

And people saying this. https://twitter.com/safekatyx/status/1408038248463560710

I was in a music store yesterday and they were playing Toxic. Should enterprise even be economically conservatorship? Or is it better for her contribution to music and culture continues to be recognised or people choose not to send royalties to the people who are farming and enslaving her at the risk of her legacy being forgotten? It’s such a sad way for her story to ennd.

Elon: I don’t trust the guy- I think he’s peddling to pump dogecoin.

Miley: I’ve seen that episode and immediately thought of the parallel between her character’s relationship with the manipulative aunt and Britney’s with her dad. Also the whole thing about being drugged against her will. Chilling.

Her music should live on but it’s very fucked up that she prob doesn’t own the right to it or at the very least doesn’t gain direct money from it. Very much reminds me of the recent NAACP case where college athletes finally got the fair share they deserve in merchandising.
Gotta love capitalism….not :nauseated_face:

Her court-appointed lawyers have stepped down. This is a positive change, as she can now select her own lawyers to represent her. https://twitter.com/Variety/status/1412551777837150212

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in future decades. Will she sue her family for the abuse? Will she take action against the courts for enforcing her enslavement? Will she recover the royalties paid to her trustees from the companies that made exploitative deals whilst being aware that she wasn’t acting of her own volition? They were complicit and should have taken action to ensure that their commercial decisions didn’t exploit her. I expect that once she is free to speak publicly again, the world is going to hear a lot more about this, and she will evolve into a strong voice for personal freedom and women’s rights – a legacy that might outshine her contribution to the pop industry during her youth. I hope she still has it in her to contribute creatively under her own steam to the future of music too if she wants to.

Either way, she deserves freedom, and living with knowing what has been done to her with the full complicity of the court system, the music industry, and the media, is something that must be very hard to bear. It must be like living in an unbreakable, impenetrable cage where everyone she ever trusted failed her.

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Louis Vuitton is making a mobile game with embedded NFTs

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The worlds of fashion and gaming are cozying up to one another. From Gucci selling digital items in Roblox to Vogue‘s virtual fashion spread starring Gigi Hadid, the two industries are increasingly overlapping to capture a young, tech-savvy audience. Now, Louis Vuitton is jumping on the bandwagon by releasing a mobile video game to celebrate its founder’s 200th birthday. Louis: The Game stars the fashion house’s mascot Vivienne, a wooden doll embellished with the company’s flower insignia, on a journey through the brand’s history, reports Austrian newspaper Kurier.

The iOS and Android game reportedly tasks players with exploring a colorful world by completing various quests — all pretty generic so far. Whether it turns out to be more than just an unashamed bit of promotional fluff remains to be seen. The game drops on August 4th. If LV goes all-out psychedelic like it did with its recent UFO-style speaker, then it could be worth a look.

According to WWD, the game will also feature “embedded NFTs.” Though, that hardly sounds promising. The one-of-a-kind digital collectibles have gone from multi-million dollar auctions to freebies designed to promote throwaway pop culture, like Warner Bros. recent Space Jam reboot.

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Rocket Lab launches US Space Force satellite after its failed mission in May

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Rocket Lab has successfully launched a US military satellite in its first mission since its 20th Electron launch ended up in failure back in May. The company’s Electron rocket made its way to space from its New Zealand launch site, carrying a small demonstration satellite from the US Space Force called the Monolith. Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and CEO, tweeted shortly after the event that the payload was deployed and praised the team for a “flawless” launch.

Monolith’s target location is in low-Earth orbit around 370 miles above our planet. The satellite will demonstrate the use of a deployable sensor, “where the sensor’s mass is a substantial fraction of the total mass of the spacecraft, changing the spacecraft’s dynamic properties and testing ability to maintain spacecraft attitude control,” Rocket Lab explained in the official mission webpage. The results from the demonstration will help companies build more affordable satellites within shorter timeframes.

Rocket Lab’s 20th mission failed in May when it suffered an “anomaly” after the second stage ignition. The company lost both its Electron rocket and BlackSky’s Earth observation satellite payloads as a result of its second launch failure within the span of a year. After investigating the issue, Rocket Lab determined that the root cause was a problem with the second stage engine igniter system that “induced a corruption of signals within the engine computer.” The company says it has since implemented fixes “to prevent any future reoccurrence.”

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What The Original Wolf of Wall Street Thinks Of Bitcoin, Tether, Defi and the Crypto Space

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Although he made his fortune trading penny stocks and manipulating the markets, Jordan Belfort, the trader who inspired the iconic movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” is currently not very happy with a lot of what’s going on with the crypto industry.

In a recent interview he explained in detail what excites him and what bothers him about the crypto space.

The Good: Bitcoin and DeFi

Belfort confesses to being an optimistic Bitcoiner. He explained that since discovering Bitcoin, he has found it to be an exciting idea.

He hopes that soon there will be more and better regulations for Bitcoin and the crypto industry. From his point of view, the more regulations there are, the better the consequences for cryptocurrency users and traders in the future.

“The sooner that massive regulation comes into the market, the better it is for Bitcoin, stablecoin and everything else. I think people are scared of regulations, they shouldn’t be. If you look back in history … let’s say the junk bond market, everybody said, ‘Oh no, the regulators are coming in! [But ultimately] the market got much bigger, so I think it’s a good thing,”

Belford commented that Bitcoin has a “bright future” and that the industry has evolved favorably over time, now being much more mature. He believes BTC could become a serious substitue for gold, and he expects the crypto to end the year somewhere between $45,000 and $70,000.


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Belfort is also very enthusiastic about DeFi, an industry he believes to be very innovative. He even advises a DeFi company today.

The Bad: Shitcoin ≠ Crypto

Belfort was concerned about the growing number of worthless cryptocurrencies being created to attract many unwary people who end up losing their money.

From his point of view, these scams are a harm to the crypto industry in general

There are so many scams, it is really sad … You have all these shitcoins out there. Literally, every single day, there are new ones being printed. They are simply designed to separate people from their money.

However, he assured that all crime leaves a trail and eventually the organizers of these scams will pay, even though they are currently walking free due to the legal loopholes.

He called for cleaning up the crypto markets, although he declined to specify which cryptocurrencies he considered to be scams.

The Ugly: Tether

For Belfort, the top stablecoin in the ecosystem at the moment is a stain on the crypto industry’s credibility. When asked if he considered Tether a scam, the seasoned trader stressed that he had several years warning about his suspicions regarding USDT.

I have been saying that since 2017 that I thought there was a big problem with Tether … It seemed like a pretty convenient thing that Tether supply expanded when it needed to expand. And then when they settled something civilly, I was like Wow, How did they get away with that?

He declined to call Tether a scam or a shitcoin. Still, He said that while Tether may currently operate cleanly, past mistakes could cost it dearly, even to the point of not being able to recover.

However, although this scenario could bring negative consequences for the crypto ecosystem, from his point of view, it would simply be a matter of time until the markets balance migrating to another stablecoin of proven legitimacy.

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What The Original Wolf of Wall Street Thinks Of Bitcoin, Tether, Defi and the Crypto Space

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Although he made his fortune trading penny stocks and manipulating the markets, Jordan Belfort, the trader who inspired the iconic movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” is currently not very happy with a lot of what’s going on with the crypto industry.

In a recent interview he explained in detail what excites him and what bothers him about the crypto space.

The Good: Bitcoin and DeFi

Belfort confesses to being an optimistic Bitcoiner. He explained that since discovering Bitcoin, he has found it to be an exciting idea.

He hopes that soon there will be more and better regulations for Bitcoin and the crypto industry. From his point of view, the more regulations there are, the better the consequences for cryptocurrency users and traders in the future.

“The sooner that massive regulation comes into the market, the better it is for Bitcoin, stablecoin and everything else. I think people are scared of regulations, they shouldn’t be. If you look back in history … let’s say the junk bond market, everybody said, ‘Oh no, the regulators are coming in! [But ultimately] the market got much bigger, so I think it’s a good thing,”

Belford commented that Bitcoin has a “bright future” and that the industry has evolved favorably over time, now being much more mature. He believes BTC could become a serious substitue for gold, and he expects the crypto to end the year somewhere between $45,000 and $70,000.


ADVERTISEMENT

Belfort is also very enthusiastic about DeFi, an industry he believes to be very innovative. He even advises a DeFi company today.

The Bad: Shitcoin ≠ Crypto

Belfort was concerned about the growing number of worthless cryptocurrencies being created to attract many unwary people who end up losing their money.

From his point of view, these scams are a harm to the crypto industry in general

There are so many scams, it is really sad … You have all these shitcoins out there. Literally, every single day, there are new ones being printed. They are simply designed to separate people from their money.

However, he assured that all crime leaves a trail and eventually the organizers of these scams will pay, even though they are currently walking free due to the legal loopholes.

He called for cleaning up the crypto markets, although he declined to specify which cryptocurrencies he considered to be scams.

The Ugly: Tether

For Belfort, the top stablecoin in the ecosystem at the moment is a stain on the crypto industry’s credibility. When asked if he considered Tether a scam, the seasoned trader stressed that he had several years warning about his suspicions regarding USDT.

I have been saying that since 2017 that I thought there was a big problem with Tether … It seemed like a pretty convenient thing that Tether supply expanded when it needed to expand. And then when they settled something civilly, I was like Wow, How did they get away with that?

He declined to call Tether a scam or a shitcoin. Still, He said that while Tether may currently operate cleanly, past mistakes could cost it dearly, even to the point of not being able to recover.

However, although this scenario could bring negative consequences for the crypto ecosystem, from his point of view, it would simply be a matter of time until the markets balance migrating to another stablecoin of proven legitimacy.

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