Social media has lit journalist Diane Sawyer ON FIRE after an unearthed interview with Britney Spears has surfaced!
Sawyer is among the public figures facing backlash after FX and Hulu’s release of “Framing Britney Spears” last week. The New York Times documentary looks at Spears’ life and everything that happened leading up to her conservatorship, including an old interview with Sawyer that made the pop star cry.
In the 2003 primetime interview, ABC News’ Sawyer pushed the then-22-year-old Spears about her recent breakup with Justin Timberlake. While Spears had been quiet about the split, Timberlake had embarrassed her in the press and made a music video implying she cheated on him. Sawyer asked Spears, “You broke his heart, you did something that caused him so much pain, so much suffering. What did you do?”
She also asked Spears about a recent quip from the then-first lady of Maryland, who’d said she would shoot the pop star if given the chance. Spears seems visibly appalled by the comment, while Sawyer seemed to defend it: “It’s because of the example for kids and how hard it is to be a parent.”
Here is the FULL INTERVIEW.
While we are on the subject of ‘trashy journalism’, Sawyer did similar scathing interviews with Whitney Houston & Michael Jackson…
Sawyer and others, like Matt Lauer, were also called out in the press, years after their original interviews aired. BuzzFeed declared “The Media Failed Britney Spears” and highlighted Sawyer’s interview as its second piece of evidence to that end. An NBC News opinion piece suggested that Spears was “used for everyone else’s purposes” — including Sawyer.
Is SOCIAL MEDIA going to ‘cancel’ Sawyer after this?