While the documentary focuses on Spears' ongoing conservatorship, the tumultuous legal battle with her father Jamies Spears, and the #FreeBritney movement, it also delves into how Timberlake pushed the narrative that the singer had cheated on him—claims that have never been proven.
"The way that people treated her, to be very high school about it, was like she was the school slut and he was the quarterback,” NYT critic-at-large Wesley Morris said in the documentary.
Morris goes on to suggest that Timberlake used his music video "Cry Me A River" to place further blame on Spears and cast him as the victim, only to later appear on a post-breakup radio interview where he bragged about having sex with her, followed up by another alleged diss track, "What Goes Around...Comes Around", which was released four years post-breakup at the time Spears was publicly dealing with her second divorce and sobriety.
The documentary caught the attention of Sarah Jessica Parker, who tweeted "#FreeBritney" and "#FramingBritneySpears" on Feb. 7.
Country singer Kacey Musgraves took to Instagram to also voice her support, sharing a photo of young Spears, writing: “Everyone should watch the NY Times documentary on Britney Spears that just came out. Never has one person been so used and abandoned by every facet around her. My heart goes out to her. She has always been such an inspiration to me my whole kid/teen life.”
She added, "WE ARE SORRY BRITNEY."
Hayley Williams, lead vocalist of Paramore, also watched the doco, claiming that the treatment Britney endured wouldn't have happened today. "no artist today would have to endure the literal torture that media/society/utter misogynists inflicted upon her," she tweeted. "the mental health awareness conversation, culturally, could never be where it is without the awful price she has paid."
Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus, performing at TikTok's Tailgate performance ahead of Super Bowl LV, told the audience, "We love Britney," while performing her 2009 hit "Party In The U.S.A.".
Cyrus has been vocal about supporting the #FreeBritney movement for a while, previously yelling out "Free Britney" while singing the song during a 2019 concert in Memphis, Tennessee.
Below, some more celebrity reactions to the Framing Britney Spears documentary.