A couple of days ago we learned that Britney Spears asked the court to allow her to keep Jodi Montgomery on as conservator of her person (as opposed to of her $$) as she sought to relieve her dad Jamie Spears of his duties as conservator of her estate. Jodi is a licensed professional conservator who has been serving in that capacity on a temporary basis in tandem with Jamie since September of 2019. According to Entertainment Tonight, yesterday the courts punted any changes to the arrangement, and “the temporary letters of conservatorship were extended through Feb. 1, 2021.” So at least Britney gets to keep Jodi on, but she’s still stuck with having her dad manage her finances for a while longer. However, should Britney decide to break free altogether, the #FreeBritney movement has an unlikely new recruit— The ACLU.
According to Buzzfeed, The ACLU (the American Civil Liberties Union, if you’re nasty) has offered up their services to Brit should she decide she wants to “regain her civil liberties and get out of her conservatorship,” adding that “people with disabilities have a right to lead self-directed lives.” Excuse me but Britney’s out here directing all her own dance videos while simultaneously working behind the scenes to lead a socialist revolution. She’s leading a more self-directed life than I am. I’m living under the tyranny of an adolescent dog!
Locked in a battle to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as her sole conservator, Britney Spears has been offered help with her case from an unexpected source: the American Civil Liberties Union.
“People with disabilities have a right to lead self-directed lives and retain their civil rights,” the ACLU said in a tweet Wednesday. “If Britney Spears wants to regain her civil liberties and get out of her conservatorship, we are here to help her.”
Zoe Brennan-Krohn, a staff attorney at the ACLU Disability Rights Project, told BuzzFeed News that any conservatorship is “definitionally” a disability rights issue.
“I don’t know what types of disabilities or diagnoses Britney Spears has or doesn’t have, but she’s being perceived by the court as a person with disabilities,” she said. “That’s why there’s a conservatorship.”
ET adds that yesterday’s ruling extending the current conservatorship agreement was part of a “scheduled status conference,” and the judge also “granted the motion to seal a hearing and transcripts.” Britney’s legal team has until September 18th to file a petition.
I obviously don’t know enough about Britney’s situation, civil liberties, conservatorships, estate management or peasant blouses to add anything substantive to this development but I do know that I can’t just take my bra off and leave it on the couch and not expect to find it chewed up in the backyard minutes later. She’s so fast, you guys! I guess it’s too much to ask the ACLU to help #FreeMieka from her dog Audrey II’s terrible teeth and constant demands for attention.