Britney Spears Gets a Shout-Out in ‘SNL’ Cold Open: Watch

But with the impeachment trial over, the fictional Graham wants to move on to bigger issues, and that’s when he gave Spears a mention. “Now we can move past this and focus on the more serious issues: That’s locking up Hillary” — and here, the senator from South Carolina became emotional before continuing — “freeing beautiful Britney Spears.”

The #FreeBritney movement gained new traction after The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears documentary premiered on FX Feb. 5. The program takes a close look at the singer’s years-long restrictive conservatorship, which was managed by her father, as well as her mental health struggles and more.

Since Framing Britney Spears premiered, there have been more than 1 million tweets about the star as well as the documentary, Twitter shared on Feb. 10. And 220,000 of those tweets included the #FreeBritney hashtag.

Messages of love and support for Spears have also been shared by her fellow musicians, including Courtney Love, Kacey Musgraves, Sam Smith, Shirley Manson, and many others. The documentary and the following outcry over how the star has been treated also prompted an apology from Spears’ ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake for his behavior after their breakup.

Watch Saturday Night Live‘s cold open below:

Source: News | Billboard

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