The 39-year-old pop star made headlines on Wednesday during a Los Angeles court hearing when she requested an end to the arrangement, which has been under the control of her father and others since she underwent a mental health crisis in 2008. She said the conservatorship has done “way more harm than good” and insisted she’s “not here to be anyone’s slave.”
McGowan told Carlson the “Hollywood and the media machine are rotten to the core” for past coverage of the pop star, throwing her support behind lifting the conservatorship.
“Her father put her under conservatorship at age 25,” the actress said. “Many in the media laughed and scorned her when she shaved her head. I lived in Hollywood during that time, and I’ve made it my life’s mission to tell all of you out there what so many of you already know deep down: that fame and Hollywood and the media machine are rotten to the core, and they do hurt, and they do damage.”
“She got to speak for the first time, I believe in her life, honestly and openly, and what has been done to her is horrific, and I know it seems like, ‘Why should we care about a rich pop princess,’ right? But I think it’s deeper than that,” she added regarding Spears’s court remarks.
McGowan also drew parallels to Spears’s plight and Carlson’s coverage of media outlets, which have been accused of partisanship and false reporting.
“I think it goes to what you talk about a lot, which is the rot and the machine and how society also plays a part in a weird form of oppression,” she said.
By the end of the segment, Carlson pointed out McGowan made a “compelling case,” though his knowledge of the subject matter is limited.
“I think it matters,” Carlson said. “I think the individual matters, above all. If they can destroy one person, they can destroy everyone. I know nothing about what you just told me, but I think you make a really compelling case.”