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“Framing Britney” shows how women have been victims of cancel culture for decades

Since the New York Times’ Britney Spears documentary aired, people have lined up to express remorse for how they treated the pop star in the 2000s. But we should also question the way we still scrutinise women in the public eye

By Lucinda Smyth  

Photo: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

EXCLUSIVE: Lucinda Smyth, 28, is flexing her long, slender fingers as she types this article from the comfort of her £650-a-month London home. With her tresses tied up in a bun, her fingertips caressing the keyboard, she is poised to offer you the scoop. Using her bubbly and flirtatious writing style, she is eager—some would say gagging—to fill you in on the gossip about the, er, depiction of women in celebrity culture.

Since the New York Times’ documentary Framing Britney Spears aired last month, the media have faced a reckoning. You might have heard about it. Everyone is…

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