With a spotlight on how some of the major press outlets covering Britney Spears’ mental health may have amplified her personal failings — and how those failures were covered for handsome profits by a single outlet — the Playboy star It seems appropriate to talk about Anna Nicole Smith.
Some members of the press were arguably unkind to him before and after his death. Smith’s success was remarkable, but a prominent name in the news discredited his “claim” to fame just days after his death. Years later, Spears commented on the outlet’s “hypocritical” documentary about her damaging press coverage.
But being targeted for a negative spin by the mainstream media is not the only troubling similarity between the two stars. New revelations about the lengths it took to control Spears raises questions about how close she could have been to succumbing to the same fate as Smith.
A major outlet criticized Anna Nicole Smith’s fame shortly after her death
Smith, 1993’s Playmate of the Year, appeared brazen with her rags to riches fame during her life. But he had a complicated relationship with the press. She once said in an interview that she is in love with the paparazzi.
However, some major media outlets gave him negative coverage. It seemed like everything was fair game for viciousness. From her relationship and marriage with an elderly billionaire, to her alleged role as a laughable aerial head, to her attempts to collect from her estate after her death.
Some members of the press also scrutinized his mental health and sobriety which led to his death at the age of 39. One new York Times The article went so far that his fame was severely criticized in the days following his death, which read, “Why did we see? The answer isn’t pretty.”
The article may be downright harsh for some readers. The author explicitly suggested that Smith did not have a “real career to support his claim to the public”.
Smith was famous as a Playboy pin-up and reality star with a loyal fan following. The public honored her with charm, and it was debatable to say that she took it simply by claim. Even 14 years after his death, he still has a fan following.
Some of the negative press coverage of Smith and Spears is comparable, but sometimes the reporting was directly related. After Smith’s death, another major outlet suggested that Spears’ life was on a similar path to “ruins”.
Fox News compares Britney Spears to late partner
Spears may have appeared to be losing some media battles, but it looks like she may win the war against the hurt press. One conversation that has come to the fore in recent years is about how much negative coverage can go into enforcing such repressive conservatism.
Some outlets created harmful narratives about her mental health and ability to raise her young sons. Now, fans wonder why none of the major outlets scrutinizing the young singer have used their influence to encourage helpful intervention on her part.
Notably, Spears said that the NYT documentary “Framing Britney Spears”—about how the press framed her—was “so hypocritical.” In 2008, the outlet published an article describing an emotional incident involving the custody of Spears and her sons. The NYT revealed intimate details of the events leading up to that hospitalization and Spears’ custody arrangement.
Fox News ran a headline in 2008 that read, “Life of Britney Spears, like Anna Nicole Smith, in ruins.” The problematic title was dooming the pop star to a sad ending—which thankfully didn’t come.
Now, it’s becoming clear that those involved in Spears’ guardianship may have put in too much effort to rein in the pop star. This is where her story parallels Smith again, and moves into more dangerous territory considering how Smith’s life ended.
Former Britney Spears security team member said they were giving her prepackaged packets of pills
A former Spears security team member told the NYT’s “Controlling Britney Spears” that staffers were at one time receiving envelopes of bullets to give her. It is not clear what drugs the singer found in those packages. However, she once claimed that her physician forced her to take lithium.
Fans have questions about the prescription and whether they were posing a threat to her. Notably, Smith reportedly took nine different drugs in the days before his 2007 death, which was recorded as an accidental overdose.
Spears is still with a loyal fanbase and appears to be breaking free from the harsh legal watch over her life led by her father. Therefore, fans can expect any tragic similarities between him and Smith to be in the past.
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