“Past docs left bad aftertaste. I’m hopeful this one will be respectful,” he added about Controlling Britney Spears, the follow-up to February’s The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears.
“I don’t blame CNN, BBC or Netflix (which got me thru lockdowns) for airing them because as an actor I tell other peoples stories too. I question producers who made them ‘just to shed light’ without input or approval from subject. Any credit for light being she should go to #freebritney.”
Earlier this year, the BBC released The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship and CNN has an upcoming special called Toxic: Britney Spears’ Battle for Freedom.
On Wednesday (Sept. 22), Asghari called out Netflix following the release of its trailer for Britney vs Spears, which arrives on Sept. 28. “I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney,” he wrote on the streaming service’s post sharing the teaser.
Lady Gaga‘s manager, Bobby Campbell, also chimed in on the post with his own opinion about the upcoming documentary, which Asghari also responded to.
“How much money is being made by third parties from this documentary leveraging Britney’s personal story and its value in the media?” Campbell wrote. “There needs to be transparency about how or whether the filmmakers are profiting from this doc, or if they are donating their fees to Britney’s legal defense, or to legal defense funds to aide those who do not have the financial resources to fight against undue conservatorships. Even if it is in support of freeing Britney, this appears that it could be exploitative.”
Asghari reacted to Campbell’s comment with a “100” emoji.