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‘Try Positivity!’ Britney Spears' Mom Lynne Spears Defends Self And Jamie Lynn Against Critics
An Instagram post from Lynne Spears became one of the latest battlegrounds of the #FreeBritney movement.
Britney Spears’ mother Lynne Spears has fired back at critics, angry at her and her younger daughter Jamie Lynn Spears over their perceived lack of support for the pop star amid her conservatorship battle, on her Instagram.
After Lynne posted a photo of a spider web on Wednesday, comments about the conservatorship, like “let’s hope the web of corruption the judicial system Britney is continually being controlled, manipulated, and punished by is dismantled ASAP,” began rolling in.
But others were a little more personal.
"Awww cute! Jamie Lynn decorated her new place. Sorry, couldn't help it," one person wrote.
Lynne told that person to "Stop."
Another person commented, "#jailjamielynn."
Lynne again responded with the word, "STOP."
Lynne also told commenters, who were telling her to support Britney more, “I do by using my lawyer and the legal system since day one and NOT using social media or the press! Sorry you are so uninformed! Have a great day and try positivity!"
Both of the pop icon’s relatives have been targeted by Britney fans following her June conservatorship hearing in which she pointedly criticized her family. Britney claimed that she was pushed into a mental health facility as punishment for not wanting to do a specific dance move while her family stood aside and “did nothing.”
She said that since the conservatorship was put into place 13 years ago, she has been forced to work and perform against her will while ill, forced to take lithium, and told she can’t have her IUD removed.
“I want to sue my family,” Britney told presiding Judge Brenda Penny.
Britney said that her father, Jamie Spears, and others responsible for her alleged mistreatment should be in jail.
Since the hearing, Lynne and Jamie Lynn’s social media accounts have been riddled with commenters encouraging them to support and speak up more for Britney. But other comments are much more negative and personal, telling the relatives that they should be jailed. Jamie Lynn has even said she's received death threats.
Lynne filed a petition in July asking Penny to allow Britney to hire her own lawyer. That request was later granted. She has also supported Britney’s request to remove Jamie as conservator of her estate.
The mother told The New Yorker in a July piece that "I got mixed feelings about everything. I don't know what to think. ... It's a lot of pain, a lot of worry” when asked about the conservatorship battle. The writers of the New Yorker piece wrote that she "spoke in a whisper and apologized that she might have to hang up abruptly if other family members walked in and discovered her speaking to a reporter."