His comments came just ahead of Hulu's "Controlling Britney Spears," from the team behind "Framing Britney Spears," as well as new documentaries coming to CNN Sunday night and Netflix on Tuesday.
update 9/26 6:00 am pt
Just ahead of the latest documentary's release on Friday, Sam Asghari reacted to all the media coverage of his recent comments about a slew of new Britney Spears documentaries emerging, as well as his hope that they won't leave a "bad after taste" in his mouth as previous efforts have done.
Spears' fiancée took to his Instagram Stories just hours before the release of "Controlling Britney Spears" on Hulu. There are two additional Spears documentaries coming out this week, with "Toxic: Britney Spears' Battle for Freedom" releasing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CNN, and Netflix's "Britney vs. Spears" dropping on Tuesday..
"Apparently my opinion has increased in value over the last few days," Asghari joked in his post, which also featured a sticker of Jason Statham with the words "No Sweat" beneath it, another of a judge with a gavel and finally a cartoon pic of Britney herself.
"Past docs left bad after taste. I’m hopeful this one will be respective," he continued, seemingly referring to the imminent arrival of the Hulu documentary, based on the timing of his post.
He went on to refer to all of the upcoming projects, adding, "I don’t blame CNN, BBC or NETFLIX (wich [sic] got me thru lockdowns for airing them because as an actor I tell other peoples [sic] stories too. I question producers who made them ‘just to shed light’ without input or approval from subject."
He then closed his thoughts with a reference to the social media movement that catapulted Spears' conservatorship back into the spotlight, writing, "Any credit for light being shed should go to #freebritney."
Asghari and Spears apparently followed up this statement, and the release of Hulu's documentary, with an in-home spa day which he subsequently chronicled on his IG Stories. Neither has commented about the film since its release.
original story 9/24/2021 9:17 am pt
Two days before Hulu and FX announced that their new documentary "Controlling Britney Spears" will debut on Friday, Sam Asghari called out Netflix for its upcoming documentary about his fiancée called "Britney vs. Spears."
"I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney," Asghari wrote on Netflix's Instagram, which shared the 18-second teaser on Wednesday. He also commented "100" after Lady Gaga's manager, Bobby Campbell, wrote a comment questioning the motive behind the film.
"How much money is being made by third parties from this documentary leveraging Britney's personal story and its value in the media?" Campbell posted. "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."
On Friday, Hulu revealed the last-minute drop of "Controlling Britney Spears," which will debut this evening. A press release said the film will take a deep dive into Spears' conservatorship, which -- led by her father Jamie Spears -- has had control over her personal and business life since 2008. "How the conservatorship has controlled her life has never been revealed," added the statement. "Now, in this New York Times investigation, a portrait emerges of an intense surveillance apparatus that monitored every move she made."
"It really reminded me of somebody that was in prison," said a former member of Britney's security team in the doc, per The NYT. "And security was put in a position to be the prison guards essentially."
In a clip of the new doc featured on Friday's "Good Morning America," a former employee recalled being told to "wipe" an audio recording and a USB device, saying the people who gave him the instructions "seemed very nervous and said it was extremely sensitive and said no one can ever know about this and that's why I need to delete everything on it, so there's no record of it."
"That raised so many red flags with me and I did not want to be complicit in whatever they were involved in so I kept a copy because I don't want to delete evidence," he added.
One of the co-creators of the documentary, Liz Day, told "GMA" that Jamie was given authority to hire round-the-clock security for Britney even though "no one really knew what they did."
"They'd be in the background of photos with Britney. But the level of control and the ways that they monitored and surveilled her, we certainly didn't know," added Day. "I don't know that anyone ever knew before."
"I think Britney speaking was really powerful," Stark explained. "These people in the film reached out to us because they wanted to share their story because they heard Britney speak."
Both "Controlling Britney Spears" (which debuts tonight on Hulu and FX) and "Britney vs. Spears (which debuts on Netflix September 28) arrive before the next court hearing in Spears' conservatorship case. On September 29, a judge is expected to hear Britney's request to have Jamie removed from the conservatorship, as well as Jamie's recent petition to end the conservatorship.