“As someone who got a little taste of what Britney went through, I know what she did was a deeply radical act.”
The latest celebrity to join the overwhelming support is actress, screenwriter and director Amber Tamblyn, best known for her role in Joan of Arcadia. In an op-ed for the New York Times, she explained how she identifies with Britney and spoke out against the “toxic” culture that fame breeds.
Amber started gambling at the age of 10 and started making “real, real money” in her early 20s when her parents became her managers. Her income paid for her family’s expenses, including the bills: “When the time finally came to unravel our personal and professional relationships, it was deeply painful for the three of us.”
While Amber clarifies that her background is not the same as Britney’s, given that she had a healthy relationship with her parents, she wrote that there were still “parallels”.
“Having seen some of the complications and consequences that come with fame and financial success at a young age, I can attest to how difficult this combination of factors can be to navigate, even for those with the best of intentions,” a- she continued. “I also know how much they have the potential to become toxic and how vulnerable they can make a young woman.”
While Amber says her parents managed her career “ethically”, it remained “damaging” to their relationship: “I was everyone’s ATM: a bank that was nonetheless unconditionally loved. as I got older, it became more difficult to trust the source of this love, ”she revealed.
In addition to the lack of tax checks on her working life, Amber said her body was also micromanaged: “I would smile and put up with it, because staying silent – and slim – meant I would be hired again,” he said. she continued.
“As someone who has had a little taste of what Britney went through, I know what she did was a deeply radical act – an act that I hope will reverberate through bodies and bank accounts of women from all walks of life for generations to come, “Amber wrote. “By speaking, she reminded us that our autonomy, both bodily and fiscal, is worth fighting for.”
She ended her editorial with a call to action, telling readers, “Now it’s really our turn to listen.”
To read Amber’s article in full, click here.
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