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Britney Spears fans blast BBC for allowing critic Perez Hilton to contribute to new doc

Fans of Britney Spears have slammed BBC‘s latest documentary The Battle For Britney, after producers allowed Perez Hilton to contribute and talk about her conservatorship. The US blogger previously launched a number of savage attacks on the singer during her darkest days, and viewers felt it was “inappropriate” for him to have a platform to speak on her case now.
The BBC Two documentary is the latest attempt to shed light on the conservatorship she has been under since 2008, but there has been much criticism about the focus of the multiple films released this year, with Britney herself branding them all “hypocritical”.

But with the media fully hung-up on the ins and outs of the songstresses life, fans rushed to her defence after Perez admitted he believes Britney would “be dead” without the controversial conservatorship in place.

It should be noted he didn’t agree fully with the terms of the arrangement that sees her dad Jamie Spears have full control of her finances and personal affairs, and went on to explain how he regrets how he hounded and humiliated the pop icon.

But after the show aired on BBC iPlayer, viewers took to Twitter to complain and question its choice of interviewees.

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“Geez. 2021 is definitely way better than 2020 but I never knew it was gonna be like THIS!” she began alongside videos of her dancing.

“So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life, what can I say, I’m deeply flattered!”

She went on to call the docs “so hypocritical”.

“They criticise the media and then do the same thing? Damn, I don’t know y’all but I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life,” she admitted honestly.

“I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends, I think the world is more interested in the negative!”

She continued: “Isn’t this supposed to be a business and society about THE FUTURE.

“Why highlight the most negative and traumatizing times in my life from forever ago? I mean DAMN.”

With millions of fans backing her right to freedom with the ‘Free Britney’ campaign in full swing, the singer set to take the stand in the court battle over her conservatorship case on June 23, 2021.

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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny tells court ‘I’m a creepy skeleton’

Author: Vicky Lytaki
This post originally appeared on World News – breaking international headlines and exclusives | The Sun

KREMLIN critic Alexei Navalny has been seen in public for the first time since going on hunger strike, telling a court: “I’m a creepy skeleton”.

Shaven-headed Navalny stopped eating a month ago when he was denied medical care after being jailed on probation breach charges he says were “trumped up”.

Alexei Navalny is seen for the first time in public since going on hunger strike

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Alexei Navalny is seen for the first time in public since going on hunger strikeCredit: AP

Gaunt Navalny, 44, who is being held in a penal colony near Moscow, was appealing against a fine over a charge of slandering a war veteran of 94.

Navalny, now 11st, said: “Yesterday I was taken to the bathhouse. There is a mirror. I looked and I am a creepy skeleton.”

The opposition leader, arrested after a near-fatal poisoning attack thought to have been sanctioned by Vladimir Putin, has agreed to start eating.

His appeal was rejected but before leaving court Navalny described president Putin as Russia’s “naked king” after his corruption was laid bare.

Russina opposition leader Navalny, 44, before going on hunger strike

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Russina opposition leader Navalny, 44, before going on hunger strikeCredit: Reuters

The Kremlin critic, now 11st, told a Russian court: 'I'm a creepy skeleton'

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The Kremlin critic, now 11st, told a Russian court: ‘I’m a creepy skeleton’Credit: AP

Navalny has overtaken Vladimir Putin as Russia’s most talked-about politician for the first time, according to new analysis.

The Russian opposition leader was said to have been mentioned on social media 1.3 million times more than Putin after being detained at a Moscow airport on January 17, having recovered from a Novichok nerve agent attack.

Navalny was later sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a prison labour camp.

Russian women form human chain in pro-Navalny Moscow protest

Abraham Piper Becomes a Critic of Evangelicalism on TikTok

Abraham Piper
Abraham Piper

Melissa Stewart, another popular “exvangelical” personality on TikTok, grew up in an Independent Fundamental Baptist church in Minnesota. When she married at 18, her pastor used John Piper’s work in premarital counseling sessions. She also participated in a church group that studied his best-known book, “Desiring God,” which argues that joy is an essential piece of the Christian life.

Ms. Stewart is now divorced and in law school. On TikTok[1], where she has about 179,000 followers, she posts about feminism, sexuality and atheism. “To see someone who didn’t just come from that world but came from that family, who has clearly done the work to get out, and is so introspective and gentle and grounded” gives a lot of people hope, she said in an interview. “If John Piper’s son can deconstruct and get to this place, I can do this, too.”

For others, Mr. Piper’s pedigree is proof that ex-Christians should not be dismissed as people who were never really committed in the first place. “One of the common refrains is that these people were never Christian,” said Blake Chastain, who popularized the term “exvangelical” when he named his podcast in 2016. “But the people who leave over these issues are the people who took it seriously. They were the youth group kids who were on fire for God.”

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Mr. Piper is one of a number of children of prominent conservative Christians who have publicly rejected elements of their parents’ teaching. Jay Bakker, the son of the televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, is an advocate for L.G.B.T.Q. acceptance in the church. The five children of the combative evangelist Rick Joyner recently told the Times columnist Nicholas Kristof that they vote Democratic[2].

Abraham Piper was excommunicated from his father’s church at age 19 after rejecting the faith. “At first I pretended that my reasoning was high-minded and philosophical,” he later wrote in a Christian magazine. “But really I just wanted to drink gallons of cheap sangria and sleep around.” Four years later, he returned to the faith, and was welcomed back at the church in what his father has described as a “beautiful restoration service[3].”

At some point after that, Mr. Piper departed again — this time, apparently, for good. In his videos, however, Mr. Piper talks only vaguely about growing up in and rejecting what he describes as fundamentalism. He never mentions his lineage, and he declined to participate in this article. John Piper, too, declined to comment.

In his videos, Abraham Piper repeatedly insists he is not trying to convince anyone of anything. “Do you know how boring and soul-sucking it is to base your whole life on making sure other people change to become more like you?” he asked his followers in February. It’s not that nothing matters, he added. “But you get to pick what. You decide what matters. Lighten up, get laid, go bowling.”

Ruth Graham