A disturbing number of female celebrities have been objectified and abused by the media and public over the past couple of decades, with recognition and apologies only recently making their way to those females.
In recent years, however, the tea is being spilled, and it’s all coming out.
This is in part thanks to the Framing Britney Spears documentary that not only highlighted her mistreatments by the media and public but encouraged other female celebrities to bring to light their own experiences. A documentary so relatable that Kelly Osbourne can’t bear to watch it because she went through similar experiences.
Kelly Osbourne has almost always been in the limelight
As the daughter of Ozzy Osbourne, it’s no secret that the Hollywood star has been in the limelight most of her life, being followed by the paparazzi as far as the ’90s and early 2000s — mind you, Kelly was born in 1984, so she was well under 18 most of the time.
To no one’s surprise, Kelly followed in her father’s footsteps and got into music, debuting “Changes” in a music video with her father, among other songs like “One Word” and “Tears in Heaven.” She also made an appearance as herself in Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Her stardom really took off, however, when The Osbournes made its debut in 2002. The reality TV show highlighted the Black Sabbath singer and his family in their everyday not-so-normal lives. As Kelly grew up in front of the camera and matured as a woman, the paparazzi began noticing and pointing this out for ‘news’ and ‘entertainment.’
She can’t watch ‘Framing Britney Spears’ because she relates
In a deep discussion about the inappropriate targeting of young females by the media on the Armchair Expert podcast, Kelly talks about what it used to be like when she went to clubs. She says the Britney documentary is so upsetting, and she can’t watch it.
Host Dax Shepard brings up an alarming part revealed in the documentary, “Even more subversive is her having to go into these interviews at like 19 years old, and there’s some 50-year-old guy going, ‘You know I’ve gotta ask: Are your breasts real? Are you a virgin?’”
“All of that stuff was said to me too!” Kelly responded. “I would have these men — when I was like 16 years old in these magazines — pick apart my body and tell me what I should change so that I could become attractive and/or pick apart my body and say that I’ve had a boob job, or I’ve had a nose job. And I’ve always been like, ‘I’m the most honest b*tch I know in this celebrity world in that sense. If I’ve done it, I’m going to f*cking tell you I did it.’ The more skeletons you have in your closet, the deeper everyone’s gonna dig to get to them. So it’s just like, who cares? No one’s perfect. Just say it!”
‘Framing Britney Spears’ highlighted the media’s aggression towards women
If you haven’t seen it yet, Framing Britney Spears is a documentary highlighting the child star’s rise to fame, public downfall and humiliation, and the conservatorship she’s currently stuck in.
While the film was created to bring to light all of the horrible things done to Britney Spears in the early years of her career (by media, the public, boyfriends, and men in general), it actually ended up bringing much more to light — the mistreatment of all women in the industry. With it came accountability, although it’s a little too late to give back to these women what was taken from them.
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