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I have to vent about sneakers. #freebritney

I thought I’d put this subject to bed but no. There’s something deeply sick about our culture that would tolerate what is happening to Britney Spears for even one nanosecond.

I’ll get to the sneakers thing in a second.

It has come to the court’s attention that there was never a finding of medical or legal incapacity filed for Britney when the conservatorship trap was sprung for her. Maybe she really does have a progressive neurodegenerative disease that lead to dementia. I can’t figure out what that might be but I am not a psychiatrist or neurologist. Let’s just say that the usual suspects definitely do not apply. She clearly doesn’t have Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Jakob-Creutzfeld syndrome, mad cow disease or Huntington’s chorea. Schizophrenic? Maybe but I doubt she would have been able to work as hard as she did all those years. I could maybe see bipolar disorder but that’s manageable or in any case doesn’t have to be debilitating. Maybe her dad’s lawyers told the court that the paperwork was coming but omg this is an emergency and could we just put her in a conservatorship for her own good now and we’ll fax the paperwork as soon as we get it?

Her conservatorship has probably always been voluntary. There are a lot of sketchy things going on with how her case was handled. The thing is, no one told Britney that it was voluntary. She’s been under the impression that she never had a choice in the matter. And why is that? It’s because she was not allowed to pick an attorney to represent her. The court appointed one, he got a sweet $500k/year for doing it. Why would he tell her it was something she could get out of? Where’s the reward in that?

Just out of curiosity, I looked at some of her old appearances on The X Factor. She’s funny, she’s kind but firm, she’s very witty and smart. She belongs on that panel of normal everyday people except she can’t go anywhere or buy anything without a babysitter.

And here’s where the sneakers come in.

She dances in sneakers. She posted about it recently on Instagram. I’ve seen some of her dance rehearsals. She’s almost always got sneakers on. Recently, she posted that she’d bought new sneakers but they were the wrong size so she’s been dancing without sneakers. It looks like since she’s got a new lawyer and the whole world is watching, she decided to indulge in buying several pairs of sneakers online so she can dance in them.

I guess she has to ask for permission from her conservator of the person and her dad has to agree to pay for them because one of her assistants came to talk her out of buying the sneakers. Did she really need them? Was it a good idea? In other words, “what are you spending your allowance on? Shouldn’t you be saving your money?”, like she is 12 years old.

Here’s the thing that grates on my nerves about this. Her dad is siphoning $16k from her estate every month and a cut of any contract she gets. But he gives her an allowance of $2000/week. So, her dad is giving himself twice as much money from her estate and throwing fits about what she spends her own money on. This is the guy who spent $500,000 on a PR firm to defend himself from negative press. He is asking the court to approve the funds from her estate to pay for his image polishing.

But someone is giving her grief about sneakers. Can you imagine how many pairs of sneakers you could buy with $500,000?

Hey, I know, why don’t we ask her one time collaborator rapper G-eazy who did a recent tour of his house for Architectural Digest. He has converted a bedroom of his house into a wardrobe. And what does he collect? Sneakers. Shelves and shelves of them. He doesn’t even wear some of them. They just sit there gathering dust. They’re collectors items. He buys them just because he can. He’s not worth nearly the amount of money that Spears is but he can spend his finite amount of money on rows and rows of unworn sneakers and no one asks him to explain himself or question his need or wisdom or thought pattern.

He just buys them.

G-eazy with his sneakers

I think I’ve made my point. I’m done.