Britney Spears fans applauded Saturday night liveReference to the #FreeBritney movement in the episode’s Cold Open.
The sketch with Chloe Fineman as Britney Spears featured the pop singer interviewing and firing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (played by Pete Davidson), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (played by Aidy Bryant) The Mandalorian Actor Gina Carano (played by Cecily Strong).
“You all know me from my upbeat Instagram videos,” said Fineman as Spears, who is scheduled to host a show where people apologize for what they did wrong.
Then she greeted the Notes app: “Would you like to post a lame excuse, 20 years late?” Said Fineman’s Spears.
“SNL The episode opens with a Britney Spears interview with Ted Cruz. That’s incredible, ”said a fan on Twitter.
“Call #SNL because they have openly used their cold in defense of Britney Spears. #freebritney, ”wrote another.
“#SNL mentioned #FreeBritney for the second time in a row during her cold! I love them because they support our queen, ”wrote another.
The much discussed documentary Framing Britney Spears was released on February 5th in the US as part of the first season of The New York Times presented… Series.
The program looks at the treatment of Spears by the media from the beginning of her career to the present, but especially during her mental health issues in 2008 when she was placed under a conservatory.
The documentary then delves into the pop star’s ongoing battle with her father Jamie Spears over the control the Conservatory gives him over every aspect of her life, from her business decisions to her family.
Legions of fans, supporters, media outlets and celebrities have since voiced their support for the #FreeBritney movement, which calls for an end to the singer’s longstanding conservatism. The Spears Conservatory currently still exists.
Last year, Spears attorney Samuel D. Ingham III stated in a file that she “strongly opposed” her father as a restorer and that if he continued to be responsible for her career, she would not perform.
While Jamie Spears was not removed as the curator of the singer’s estate, a Los Angeles judge agreed in November that a third party, the Bessemer Trust, may be added as a co-curator.
Framing Britney Spears is available now on Hulu and FX in the US and NowTV in the UK.