22 August 2018, 17:24 | Updated: 22 August 2018, 17:56
This is not on…
Britney Spears is thriving right now. The ‘Slumber Party’ hitmaker is currently on the UK leg of her sold out Piece of Me tour and she’s killing it. Not only is she performing all of her biggest hits from ‘…Baby One More Time’ to ‘Work Bitch’, she’s also performing to some of the largest crowds of her career to date. Britney played to an amazing 57,000 fans at Brighton Pride earlier this month.
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However, in spite of all of her recent achievements, some people are still trying to drag Britney down. The legendary popstar has gone through some very public personal struggles during her career and some people still think that it’s acceptable to poke fun at her mental health. At a meet and greet for one of her recent concerts, one of Britney’s fans chose to reference one of her breakdowns.
Instagram user @uonderrrock, took a photo next to Britney wearing a grey hoodie with his hands spaced apart. He later edited the photo to place an umbrella in his hands and posted it on Instagram with the caption: “HI BRITNEY I’M THE GHOST OF 2007′. Britney had some well-documented incidents in 2007, one of which included her hitting a paparazzi car with an umbrella in a grey hoodie.
Of course this is awful. It is never okay to make light of people’s mental health like this. Naturally, the internet is outraged by the Instagram post and people have been taking to Twitter to express their disgust.
Here are just a few of the reactions.
Insensitive Britney Spears fan followed through with his publicly announced plan to dress up as “2007 Britney.” He posed like this and photoshopped in the umbrella later. You know that Team Britney and maybe Brit herself knew what this outfit referenced… poor B. pic.twitter.com/qIE9Sky7oc
— Derek (@DerekPlease) August 21, 2018
This guy went to Britney’s Meet and Greet and posed with his hands in this position so he could edit an umbrella into them. What a dick pic.twitter.com/fkIqRJsPZM
— I DON’T KNOW HER (@I_Dont_Know_Her) August 21, 2018
this is disrespectful, shallow and lacks intelligence. if you really admired her you would NEVER approach your idol resembling the scene that almost destroyed her career and ended her life. sometimes gay men are truly disgusting and vile pic.twitter.com/tcttxHjw6n
— Nick (@nxxck) August 21, 2018
It doesn’t matter how she sees herself this goes beyond Britney’s past. This is a mockery of serious mental health issues and it’s stuff like this that stops people from taking it seriously and for those suffering to reach out for help
— WhatYouNeedStan (@FideiSpears88) August 22, 2018
Instead of apologising for the post or taking it down, @uonderrrock has since gone on to edit the caption to say: “You say I want visibility. Yet, you make articles about this and urge people to drag me. I’ll keep the picture but not the comments – you can call me names and explain your reasons by message (maybe just avoid threatening my family)”.
See the post here.
It goes without saying that threatening people’s families is wrong but the fact that he is in no way interrogating his behaviour and listening to the backlash that he’s receiving is also wrong. We shall let you know if there are any updates.