Is Britney OK?

Spears called out the paparazzi for the first time since the mid 2000s, raising eyebrows and possibly pointing to an unraveling icon.

Britney Spears

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Britney Spears has been hounded by the press and paparazzi for over two decades now.

Lately, her social media page is not only filled with typical mom quotes, but also more personal messages about her wellness and life. Her first Instagram story, however, diverged from these patterns.

After yachting with her boyfriend, Britney took to Instagram to introduce a "conspiracy theory" she's been working on:

"Hello, and please don't judge me, I look haggard right now. But my question to all of you is: a lot of fans in our world today, they always are subject to really criticize people and say that the pictures and videos that they're posting are either not on time or they're fake.

"But no one ever really asks: Are the paparazzi pictures fake, and do the paparazzi people do stuff to the pictures and is the news really real? It's a conspiracy theory that I'm actually interested in. Yesterday I went swimming. I look like I'm 40 pounds bigger [than I am today]. This is how I am right now, and I'm skinny as a needle. You tell me, what is real?"

While Spears is in fact "skinny as a needle" and toned like a goddess, angles were obviously a factor.

She tends to be sillier on her Instagram than some of her pop peers, but the pressure and refocused spotlight may be getting to her. With the #FreeBritney movement and on-going concern for Britney's mental health, it's difficult not to take note of the manic expression on the star's face in the video. The proud gym rat prioritizes her physique, but calling out the paparazzi for the first time since the mid 2000s raises eyebrows and possibly points to an unraveling icon. Spears' distrust of the media is understandable, as the traumatizing tabloid era and Britney frenzy would make anyone distrustful and full of disdain. Hopefully, the media can soon regain her trust to help drive the #FreeBritney movement forward.


Everything Coming To Netflix in June

Including Season 5 of Black Mirror, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and The Dark Knight.

Summertime always means great new movies, and this year has not disappointed.

So far, we've found even more love in our hearts for Keanu Reeves thanks to John Wick 3, Disney's Aladdin took us to a whole new world, Booksmart confirmed that high school comedies are still hilarious and charming, and Avenger's: Endgame was expectedly sensational.

Another month has come and gone, and that means Netflix is also welcoming a new wave of titles to contribute to your choice fatigue.

It wouldn't be a Netflix rollout without some Netflix originals. This June, the techno-dystopian Black Mirror (Season 5) is coming back in three new episodes, one of which features Miley Cyrus. Jennifer Anniston and Adam Sandler also teamed up for the new Netflix original movie, Murder Mystery. Plus, the Amanda Bynes early aughts flick, What a Girl Wants, that's canon to some (me), is coming to the streaming platform this June. We're also getting Carrie, Magic Mike, Cabaret, 20th Century Women, and 50/50.

If you're looking for something a little more real and raw, Martin Scorsese is releasing his Bob Dylan documentary, Rolling Thunder Revue, straight to Netflix in June, too. If that isn't your style, and you didn't get your superhero fix with Avengers: Endgame, then Netflix's June selection might still be up your alley. This month brings Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on June 26th, plus the third and final season of Marvel's Jessica Jones. If you're craving the classics, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are also both coming this month.

It's not a massive month for comedy releases, but Documentary Now: Season 3 is coming to Netflix, as well as Jo Koy's comedy special, Comin' In Hot, and season 5 of Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce.

Here's everything coming to Netflix in June 2019.

Available June 1

Arthdal Chronicles

Oh, Ramona! (Netflix Film)


A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Batman Begins



Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Dynasty, Season 2

Good Night, and Good Luck

Gran Torino

Life in the Doghouse

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Magic Mike



Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

Satan & Adam

Small Soldiers

The Dark Knight

The Phantom of the Opera

The Space Between Us

What a Girl Wants

Available June 3

Documentary Now, Season 3

Malibu Rescue: The Series (Netflix Family)

Available June 4

Miranda Sings Live…Your Welcome (Netflix Original)

Available June 5

A Silent Voice

Black Mirror, Season 5 (Netflix Original)

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch

Available June 6

Alles Ist Gut (Netflix Film)

Todos lo Saben

Available June 7

3%, Season 3 (Netflix Original)


The Black Godfather (Netflix Film)

The Chef Show (Netflix Original)

Designated Survivor, Season 3 (Netflix Original)

Elisa & Marcela (Netflix Film)

I Am Mother (Netflix Film)

Pachamama (Netflix Family)

Rock My Heart (Netflix Film)

Super Monsters Monster Pets (Netflix Family)

Tales of the City (Netflix Original)

Available June 8

Berlin, I Love You

Available June 11

Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet

Available June 12

Jo Koy: Comin' In Hot (Netflix Original)

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (Netflix Film)

Available June 13

The 3rd Eye 2 (Netflix Film)

Jinn (Netflix Original)

Kakegurui xx (Netflix Anime)

Available June 14

Aggretsuko, season 2 (Netflix Anime)

The Alcàsser Murders (Netflix Original)

Awake: The Million Dollar Game (Netflix Original)

Charité at War (Netflix Original)

Cinderella Pop (Netflix Film)

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Season 5

Leila (Netflix Original)

Life Overtakes Me (Netflix Original)

Marlon, Season 2

Murder Mystery (Netflix Film)

Unité 42 (Netflix Original)

Available June 15

Grey's Anatomy, Season 15

Available June 16

Cop Car

Available June 17

The Missing, Season 3 (Netflix Original)

Available June 18

Adam Devine: Best Time of Our Lives (Netflix Original)

Big Kill

Available June 19

Beats (Netflix Film)

The Edge of Democracy (Netflix Film)

Available June 20

Le Chant du Loup (Netflix Film)

Available June 21

Ad Vitam (Netflix Original)

Bolívar (Netflix Original)

The Casketeers, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

The Confession Tapes, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Dark, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

The End of Evangelion

Evangelion: Death (True)²

Girls Incarcerated, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Go! Live Your Way, Season 2 (Netflix Family)

Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil (Netflix Film)

La Misma Sangre (Netflix Film)

Mr. Iglesias (Netflix Original)

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Shooter, Season 3

Available June 24

Forest of Piano, Season 2 (Netflix Anime)

Available June 25

Mike Epps: Only One Mike (Netflix Original)

Available June 26

The Golem

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Zookeeper

Available June 27

Answer for Heaven (Netflix Original)

Available June 28

20th Century Women

7SEEDS (Netflix Anime)

Dope, Season 3 (Netflix Original)

Exhibit A (Netflix Original)

Instant Hotel, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Motown Magic, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Paquita Salas, Season 3 (Netflix Original)

The Chosen One (Netflix Original)

Available June 29

Scare Tactics, Seasons 4 and 5

Available June 30

Madam Secretary, Season 5

New podcast episodes on Netflix

I Hate Talking About Myself

Watching With...

Human Algorithm

I'm Obsessed With This

You Can't Make This Up


The "Black Mirror" Season 5 Trailer Has Miley Cyrus in It for Some Reason

What is Miley Cyrus doing in the trailer for "Black Mirror" season 5?

On the heels of their interactive choose-your-own-adventure, Bandersnatch, Black Mirror season five returns to Netflix on June 5th with three brand new spooky stories about, like, how bad technology is, ya know?

You can watch the trailer right here. On your high-res screen.

The upcoming season of Black Mirror went all out on casting, grabbing basically everyone they could from Marvel and DC, like Anthony Mackie (Falcon from Avengers), Pom Klementieff (Mantis, also from Avengers), Yahya Abdul-Mateen (Black Manta from Aquaman), and...Miley Cyrus? Yes, that's right. Miley Cyrus will be appearing on Black Mirror, probably to illustrate the harsh realities of leading a double life between your private and public persona. Sometimes you really can't have "the best of both worlds." That's a reference to Hannah Montana, by the way.

Andrew Scott (Moriarty from BBC's Sherlock) also makes an appearance as a man having a temper tantrum about a phone. And Topher Grace is there, too, with blonde hair that isn't fooling anyone. We still remember you played Venom in Spider-Man 3, Topher.

Oh, and how about that fighting game scene? Is it possible that one day we'll be able to become the characters in our fighting games, and maybe that will have unforeseen consequences? Like, maybe our only interactions will be through battling idealized avatar versions of ourselves. We lose our identities as we become consumed by virtual bloodlust, which our real world bodies, fattened by the comforts of modernity, cannot sate. Thus we descend further into the game. Black Mirror certainly thinks so.

Make sure to catch season 5 of Black Mirror on Netflix June 5th!

Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at

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