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Rep. Matt Gaetz can’t stand to see a girl exploited. There’s nothing that upset him greater than watching a member of the fairer intercourse be handled like an object for different folks’s prurient gratification. The very considered it sends him scurrying to his Venmo to order up some … tuition.

AHEM.

However this isn’t a submit in regards to the Florida congressman’s potential involvement in an underage prostitution scandal. That is about Britney Spears, and the clusterfuck surrounding her 13-year-long conservatorship.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court docket Decide Brenda Penny denied the 39-year-old singer’s request to take away her father Jamie Spears as conservator of her property (AKA property, for these of you who dwell in states the place solely lifeless folks have estates). Then yesterday, Bessemer Belief, whose appointment as co-conservator had been pending since November, filed an ex parte application to withdraw citing “modified circumstances.”

The corporate claims that legal professional Samuel Ingham, III, who was appointed to symbolize the singer in 2008, represented to them that the conservatorship was voluntary. In his telling, Britney Spears was delighted at hand over tens of millions of {dollars} yearly for the privilege of getting her private {and professional} life managed by her father and paid care mangers.

Depart apart for a second the plausibility of this declare when the singer had very publicly refused to work since 2019 “so long as her father is in command of her profession.” Though, giving them the advantage of the doubt, maybe the fact is that Britney Spears welcomed Bessemer within the hopes that it might operate as a test on her father.

However after final week’s listening to, during which the singer gave a harrowing statement describing herself as a digital “slave,” prevented from making probably the most primary private choices, and even compelled to maintain an undesirable IUD in her physique to forestall her having extra kids, Bessemer Belief needs out. Which might be a sensible PR transfer, as a result of now they’ve received greater issues than the Britney stans to fret about.

In a five-page letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Lawyer Common Merrick Garland, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bob Casey to ask that the companies undertake an investigation of guardianship procedures within the states, each to make sure finest practices and to find out if protected lessons of individuals are particularly focused for abuse.

“Ms. Spears’ case has shined a lightweight on longstanding issues from advocates who’ve underscored the potential for monetary and civil rights abuses of people positioned beneath guardianship or conservatorship, sometimes older People and People with mental, developmental, and psychological well being disabilities,” they wrote, requesting “details about information collected by your company on the prevalence of guardianship and conservatorship in the USA.”

To not be outdone, Gaetz and his merry band of shit stirrers promptly fired off their very own half-page mash note making an attempt to solid themselves because the pop star’s actual savior.

“You have got been mistreated by America’s authorized system. We need to assist,” wrote Reps. Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Andy Biggs, and Burgess Owens, with out specifying what assist congress may present concerning a state guardianship process.

We’ve got been following your conservatorship battle with deep concern. We may see the wrestle and torment you have been enduring. We may see the plain monetary, emotional and psychological abuse by the hands of your conservators.

The federal courthouse door was closed to you and to too many People. Your story is so highly effective, and the admiration of your achievements so nice, you (and maybe solely you) can blow that door huge open, giving hope to tens of millions. Your life, liberty, and happiness have been taken from you. Please make the most of the empowerment that public congressional testimony can unlock.

UH HUH.

That is clearly a really critical legislative endeavor, and under no circumstances an try to take advantage of a susceptible individual for their very own political aggrandizement. As a result of, you already know, Matt Gaetz simply hates that!

TL;DR? The entire thing is vile. But when Elizabeth Warren and Matt Gaetz each have you ever of their websites, it’s time to GTFO.


Elizabeth Dye (@5DollarFeminist) lives in Baltimore the place she writes about legislation and politics.