Iran State Media Wants to Cancel Britney Spears
Iranian state media is targeting pop legend Britney Spears.
The Iranian Republic News Agency (IRNA) clapped back at Spears after she shared her support for the people of the country amid growing violence and injustice in Iran.
"Me & my husband stand with the people of Iran fighting for freedom," Spears tweeted on Oct. 16.
It appears the IRNA did not appreciate the pop star's words on the subject, subsequently sending out a tweet of their own questioning her mental health and bringing up the singer's former conservatorship.
"American singer Britney Spears was placed under her father’s conservatorship in 2008 due to her mental health problems. That gave Britney’s father control over her finances and even her personal life aspects such as pregnancy, remarriage and visits to her teenage sons," the organization tweeted Oct. 18.
Spears previously detailed the alleged abuse she faced while in the conservatorship. Per Billboard, in a since-deleted audio clip Spears claimed it was "all premeditated."
"A woman introduced the idea [of a conservatorship] to my dad, and my mom actually helped him follow through and made it all happen. It was all basically set up. There was no drugs in my system, no alcohol, nothing. It was pure abuse. And I haven’t even really shared half of it," she shared.
Iran's attack on Spears — who is married to Sam Asghari, an Iranian-American — comes following condemnations of the likes of Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and other Western celebrities who have voiced their support for the people of Iran.
The Iranian state is at the center of global criticism following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in the custody of police after she did not comply with Iran’s strict rules for women. Amini allegedly wore an "improper hijab," according to the United Nations.
Additionally, experts from the UN have condemned the violence toward protesters in Iran.
"Iran must repeal all legislation and policies that discriminate on the grounds of sex and gender, in line with international human rights standards," the organization said.
Spears has not responded to Iran's tweet as of publishing.