*Trigger Warning: Mentions of Sexual Assault
Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse for the women of the 21st Century, Britney Spears’ heartfelt appeal against her father’s oppressive conservatorship was denied in Court. The very same day, Bill Cosby got to see the day’s light after he was released from prison when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court conveniently overruled the rape charges that he was found guilty for in 2018.
— leah ryan (@leah87xxx) July 1, 2021
Bill Cosby, who played a fatherly figure in NBC’s The Cosby Show for decades, was a free man once again, after serving over 2 years out of his three to 10 years conviction for drugging and raping Andrea Constand, an employee from Temple University 2004. Despite Constand pressing charges on Cosby in 2005, the conviction came over a decade later after 60 other women came forward with their statement, though only Constand was the one who filed a criminal case against him. And in the light of the emerging “MeToo Movement ” that was a big slap on the face of patriarchy.
So a convicted rapist goes free while a woman begging to be released from years of financial and reproductive abuse is denied her freedom. Nice work, American justice system. #BritneySpears #BillCosby
— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) July 1, 2021
The ruling came in after the Pennsylvania Court found a prior agreement between Cosby’s lawyer and the previous district attorney. They confirmed that Cosby would not be charged for this criminal case.
Andew Wyatt, the spokesperson for Bill Cosby, stated that:
— Tatyana Ali (@TatyanaAli) July 1, 2021
But not for long, despite all the statements pointing towards Cosby, he was set free only after serving more than 2 years out of the three to 10-year sentence. Which brought about an uproar on social media, as the very same day, Britney Spear’s request for freedom she wants in her life was denied after serving 13 years under her father’s tormenting and abusing conservatorship. That not only prevented her from taking complete control over her earnings but was also forcing her to wear an IUD against her will, preventing her from having children with her partner and having multiple breakdowns due to it.
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
The two completely unrelated happenings brought a more significant question in the light of the day, How is Bill Cosby allowed to be free, but Britney isn’t? Is being labelled as a convicted sexual predator not a good enough reason for someone to stay behind bars? Or is Britney’s cry for help and freedom against her father, not a good enough reason to let her free?
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
Why is it that every time the justice system fails women on countless occasions? And this is not just the thought of the mass. Numerous celebrities took it to Twitter to vent out their frustrations regarding Cosby’s unjust release and Britney’s unethical conservatorship. Twitter started off with the trending hashtag of “#FreeBritney” which eventually turned into an open debate as one person tweeted the following statement:
All the events raised a big question mark on the American Justice System and its credibility in the mere future if any such case comes into the light again.
Los Angeles judge has denied Britney Spears’ request to remove her father as her conservator.
The courts released Bill Cosby, who more than 60 women accused of sexual assault, from prison, but opted to keep Britney in one.
Why should any woman have faith in the system.
— Andre Borges (@borges) July 1, 2021