With Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturning Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction Wednesday (June 30), the 83-year-old actor walks a free man. But supporters of Britney Spears are still furious after hearing her testimony last week when she described her “abusive” court conservatorship.
Cosby served more than two years of his three- to 10-year sentence in a state prison after being convicted in 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand — a former basketball player and Temple University employee — at his suburban home in 2004. He was released yesterday after the court found that an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case.
As for Spears, she’s remained in a conservatorship that has overseen and controlled her personal and professional affairs for the last 13 years after the singer suffered a public breakdown in 2008. In a court hearing on June 23, the 39-year-old icon likened her situation to being sex trafficked, stating how she was forced to perform and wasn’t allowed to get married, have more children or remove her IUD.
“I am not here to be anyone’s slave,” Spears said during the remote hearing.
Many have taken to social media to criticize the American justice system that gave Cosby his freedom back after he has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women (regardless of Constand being the only one to have a criminal case), yet allows Spears to remain in a conservatorship that has removed much of her autonomy, especially in regards to her own body.
“When Bill Cosby is freer than Britney Spears you know the patriarchy has finally won,” one person tweeted.
Read how they’re comparing the two cases below.
Cosby being free and Britney not being free today is a wild world to be in. 💔 pic.twitter.com/LO2nFuJvQS
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) July 1, 2021
Britney not free
Yet another great day for coercive and controlling men and shit day for women. Will our rights ever trump theirs?
— Angela Barnes (@AngelaBarnes) July 1, 2021
We said free Britney not Cosby
— Trey (@treydayway) June 30, 2021
When Bill Cosby is freer than Britney Spears you know the patriarchy has finally won.
— Bite Your Brum (she/her) (@BiteYourBrum) July 1, 2021
So let me get this straight: Britney Spears is not even allowed to remove an IUD from her body and Bill Cosby is going free. https://t.co/6inJytmXSY
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) June 30, 2021
Bill Cosby can get out of jail but Britney Spears can’t have a baby?
— Kat Tenbarge (@kattenbarge) July 1, 2021
So Bill Cosby got freed but not Britney Spears? This world is so ghetto.
— Ash (@ashindestad) July 1, 2021
We live in a world where Britney Spears has people controlling her uterus, but Bill Cosby is free. Got it.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) June 30, 2021
So they freed Bill Cosby, but not Britney Spears today.
Don't ever ask what it means when people say the system fail us. #FreeBritney
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) July 1, 2021
BILL COSBY WAS SET FREE BUT NOT BRITNEY SPEARS pic.twitter.com/3LR6snmFzo
— ann (@annnniethuy) June 30, 2021
Freeing Bill Cosby before Britney Spears is very on brand for America. #FreeBritney
— Andy Duffer (@AndrewJDuffer) June 30, 2021
Bill Cosby is free and Britney Spears has an IUD she doesn’t want whilst working to financially support those controlling her. You wonder why we’re angry?
— Wendy Wason (@Wendy_Wason) July 1, 2021
We were supposed to free Britney Spears not Bill Cosby
— carle (@cccarle) June 30, 2021
Freeing Bill Cosby, while also not ending Britney Spears' conservatorship is such an embarrassing demonstration of justice in America.
— Lucas from the Vespers Promotional Materials (@SenChatterton) July 1, 2021
America is weird! Bill Cosby is out of jail. Britney Spears can’t choose take out her IUD but is expected to perform. Derek Chauvin only gets 22.5 years! ALL IN ONE WEEK
— MISTER QUIL LEMONS (@QUILLEMONS) June 30, 2021
Someone want to tell me how bill cosby gets freedom before Britney Spears does?!?!?
— B (@ttaByzeerB) June 30, 2021