Florida Rep Matt Gaetz joins 'Free Britney' rally, Internet says 'she isn't 17'
Florida Representative Matt Gaetz attempted to join the many people protesting against Britney Spears' conservatorship, but it didn't work out so well for him. On July 14, Gaetz joined a #FreeBritney rally outside the Los Angeles courthouse where her conservatorship hearing was taking place. He even offered a few words on the matter but was quickly slammed on social media for his alleged involvement in a child sex trafficking scandal.
Britney's conservatorship has caught the eyes of the nation, with many rallying behind the musician in a legal drama currently playing out. The singer will appear in court in mid-August over the matter after her father and attorney both stepped down as conservators. We reported in April that Britney wants temporary care manager Jodi Montgomery to take over, but so far that hasn't happened. In early July, Britney defied censors by posting a nude picture on Instagram, as she gets increasingly vocal about her conservatorship.
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The movement to Free Britney has quickly gained a lot of support from many celebrities, and now even politicians have begun weighing in. Chuck Schumer, Barbara Lee, and even Ted Cruz have all weighed in on the campaign in the past, with little backlash. One person fans weren't too keen to hear from was clearly Gaetz, whose attempt to join the movement clearly didn't go according to plan.
Gaetz weighs in, calls Jamie a 'dick'
On July 14, the judge was weighing in on whether Britney could choose her own attorney in the case. As that was happening inside, outside the Los Angeles Superior Court a large number of fans had gathered for a #FreeBritney protest. Amongst the crowd, was Gaetz. Taking up the microphone, he also offered some comments on the matter. "Britney's been abused by the media, she's been abused by a grifter father, and she has been abused by the American justice system," he said.
Gaetz added, "we need to come together and create federal laws of action, a federal change in the law that will free Britney and the millions of Americans who are impacted by a corrupt guardianship system that empowers people to take advantage of the weak." He then said, "There's a lot that still divides us, but one thing we can all agree on is that Jamie Spears is a dick." The last line was initially greeted with a lot of cheers, as fans were delighted to see Gaetz abuse Britney's father Jamie Spears.
Gaetz spoke for around two minutes, offering up a lot of crowd-pleasing comments that were cheered and clapped for. Here's a video of the speech as shared by Reuters on Twitter.
‘Britney's been abused by the media, she's been abused by her grifter father and she has been abused by the American justice system,’ Congressman Matt Gaetz said as he joined a #FreeBritney protest outside an L.A. court https://t.co/iESiOsoTWF pic.twitter.com/fwJvwRi72t— Reuters (@Reuters) July 14, 2021
On social media though, the story was very different. People were quick to point out that Gaetz is currently under a federal investigation for child sex trafficking, and having sex with minors. That controversial case involves Gaetz, as well as friend and former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg. Amongst other things, Gaetz has been accused of soliciting sex in exchange for cash, dining, and travel allowances.
'Leave Britney alone'
Twitter users were quick to slam Gaetz for showing up at the rally. "Has anyone told Matt Gaetz that Britney Spears is over 18?" joked one user. Another tweeted, "Matt Gaetz is a goon and he’s using Britney for clout. Leave Britney alone." One said, "Matt Gaetz finds more ways to be around young women #MattGaetz."
Has anyone told Matt Gaetz that Britney Spears is over 18?— mikepella loves Voting Rights (@mikepella4) July 15, 2021
Matt Gaetz is a goon and he’s using Britney for clout. Leave Britney alone. https://t.co/CN1yuca0LE— D. Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) July 14, 2021
Matt Gaetz finds more ways to be around young women #MattGaetz https://t.co/5eImTBGwwI— Sam (@samtweets33) July 15, 2021
"On the list of things i thought would happen today, Matt Gaetz shows up at a Free Britney rally was not one of them," one person commented. Another joked, "Someone tell Matt Gaetz The Mickey Mouse Club episodes with Britney are reruns." One commented, "Someone forgot to tell @mattgaetz that Brittany aged just like he did. She isn’t 17 anymore, dude."
On the list of things i thought would happen today, Matt Gaetz shows up at a Free Britney rally was not one of them. https://t.co/vj2bZmTGm0— KW. (@KevinInChains) July 15, 2021
Someone tell Matt Gaetz The Mickey Mouse Club episodes with Britney are reruns.— Chris Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) July 15, 2021
Someone forgot to tell @mattgaetz that Brittany aged just like he did. She isn’t 17 anymore, dude. https://t.co/wDCCSqPFrJ— lil bit Irish (@tinydancer0318) July 14, 2021
One person took a shot at the Republican Party's complaints about cancel culture and joked, "How did Matt Gaetz have time to go to Britney Spears’ hearing while plotting against the Incredibles?" One user replied, "Matt Gaetz- once again, doing nothing for his constituents, everything for his own publicity. He’s a piece of shit who's destiny is prison."
How did Matt Gaetz have time to go to Britney Spears’ hearing while plotting against the Incredibles?— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 15, 2021
Matt Gaetz- once again, doing nothing for his constituents, everything for his own publicity. He’s a piece of shit who's destiny is prison.— Todd Skelton (@todd_skelton6) July 15, 2021
So far, Gaetz has not been indicted on sex trafficking, with the investigation ongoing. Nonetheless, the large number of leaked messages, transaction history, and even a confession letter from Greenberg has everyone convinced he is guilty.