After years of utilizing Britney Spears as a punch line to merciless jokes, radio character Howard Stern has carried out an about-face on the pop star after watching the brand new “Framing Britney Spears” documentary. He is now not tuning in to see “what sort of practice wreck she is,” as he put it again when Spears’ life was upended by public struggles.
“I believe I am Free Britney now, I believe I am full-on Free Britney,” Stern advised longtime sidekick Robin Quivers this week on his SiriusXM present, referencing the fan-fueled #FreeBritney motion. He mentioned he noticed the FX documentary Sunday evening.
“You watch this documentary and also you see the press type of handled her like s—,” Stern mentioned. “The lady was like 19-years-old or one thing. And you then overlook these items.”
Talking on his Monday present, which was rerun Thursday, he blamed Spears’ conservatorship partly on sexism. He mentioned well-known guys together with Shia LaBeouf and Gary Busey who’ve behaved erratically however have not had their autonomy taken away.
“If Charlie Sheen is working his personal life — Kanye West, is he hurting himself? Is his profession imploding? He does not have [a conservatorship],” Stern mentioned. The rationale, within the radio host’s opinion: “as a result of he is a person.”
Stern mentioned Spears “may go bankrupt” shortly if she bought her decision-making rights again, however that was her enterprise.
“Ozzy [Osbourne] bit the pinnacle off of a bat in a enterprise assembly. He is in control of his personal funds,” Stern mentioned.
The radio host had snarked closely on the “Oops! … I Did It Once more” hitmaker throughout her most turbulent years.
“Framing Britney Spears” follows the singer’s ascent to superstardom in addition to her public meltdown. It examines the necessity for conservatorships of her individual and her funds. For the reason that documentary premiered earlier this month, followers have been holding celebrities corresponding to Justin Timberlake, Diane Sawyer, Joel McHale and Katy Perry accountable for his or her previous conduct towards Spears.
Stern was additionally keen on bashing Spears again then, making jokes at her expense.
Among the many extra notorious examples: in 2012, after the “Poisonous” singer was named as a choose on Simon Cowell’s “The X Issue” expertise competitors present, Stern referred to as it an excellent choice as a result of, in his opinion, Spears “nonetheless thinks the Earth is flat.” He mentioned he did not count on her to present contestants any actual criticism.
“I believe Britney’s gonna stand there and eat a lollipop and put on an attractive outfit,” Stern mentioned (by way of MTV Information). “I do not anticipate nice opinions from her. I believe she’s gonna sit there like J. Lo and [in a mock-feminine voice] ‘Oh, you are fantastic, you are terrific. Do you suppose I can get a fragrance endorsement out of this? You suppose I can get to carry out on the present?'”
Stern mentioned on the time he would “tune in to see what sort of practice wreck she is, completely.”
He had additionally hosted Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst in 2003 throughout which the singer went on about Spears’ breasts and claimed to have attached along with her (which Spears denied).
Timberlake was among the many first to achieve out to Spears final week with an apology for his conduct after they broke up, together with utilizing a Spears lookalike within the video for his 2002 hit “Cry Me a River.” He additionally prolonged his apology to his 2004 Tremendous Bowl Halftime Present companion, Janet Jackson, whose profession stalled after what was described as the unique “wardrobe malfunction.”
“I’m deeply sorry for the instances in my life the place my actions contributed to the issue, the place I spoke out of flip or didn’t converse up for what was proper. I perceive that I fell brief in these moments and in lots of others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism,” he wrote in his apology posted on Instagram.