As stories of singer Britney Spears’ fight to escape her conservatorship enthralled pop culture media, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took time to weigh in on the issue on Tuesday.
In an episode of “Verdict with Ted Cruz” posted to YouTube, Sen. Cruz and co-host Michael Knowles discussed the #FreeBritney movement obsessing social media.
“On the question of the conservatorship, I am squarely and unequivocally in the camp of #FreeBritney. I think it is friggin’ ridiculous and it needs to end,” Sen. Cruz declared.
“If you’re going to lock up everyone in Hollywood who has substance abuse issues, you’re going to have a long, long line – and, in fact, Sunset Boulevard might be empty,” Cruz said, noting that some of Spears’ antics may have been bizarre or irresponsible, but were well within her rights:
“She shaved her head: okay, last I checked, shaving your head is not a capital offense. She had pretty hair – but, who the hell’s business is it if she wants to shave her head or not?”
“The threshold for taking away someone’s liberty and capacity to make decisions, properly under the law, is very high and it should be high,” Sen. Cruz explained. “And, at this point, we’re looking at 13 years of a grown woman having every decision made by her father.”