Mara Wilson, bestselling author, and actress has published a compelling personal essay in The New York Times on the dangers of child stardom and how the media treats Britney Spears.

The 33 years old actress is best known for starring in “Matilda,” 1994’s, “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.

The New York Times published Wilson’s essay Tuesday in which she describes her own experiences of being sexualized by the media at a young age.

Her early career echoes the media’s treatment of Britney Spears, which has sparked widespread discourse following the premiere of FX’s popular “Framing Britney Spears” documentary.

She wrote, “The way people talked about Britney Spears was terrifying to me then, and it still is now. Her story is a striking example of a phenomenon I’ve witnessed for years: Our culture builds these girls up just to destroy them.”

Wilson also pointed, “Fortunately, people are becoming aware of what we did to Ms. Spears and starting to apologize to her. But we’re still living with the scars.”

Although the film industry has moved to tackle issues of harassment, Wilson asserted that she has never been sexually harassed on a film set.

“Sexual harassment always came at the hands of the media and the public,” she expressed.

Wilson said, “I never appeared in anything more revealing than a knee-length sundress. This was all intentional: My parents thought I would be safer that way. But it didn’t work. People had been asking me, ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ in interviews since I was 6.”

“Reporters asked me who I thought the sexiest actor was and about Hugh Grant’s arrest for soliciting a prostitute,” she stated.

She recalled, “It was cute when 10-year-olds sent me letters saying they were in love with me. It was not when 50-year-old men did.”

“Before I even turned 12, there were images of me on foot fetish websites and photoshopped into child pornography. Every time, I felt ashamed,”’ Wilson continued.

A documentary titled “Framing Britney Spears” recently aired, and it looks at the toxic media circle Britney Spears has thrived in throughout much of her career.

Additionally, the documentary examines Britney’s controversial conservatorship battle with her father, Jamie Spears – a topic that Wilson highlights as the most significant difference between her life and Britney’s.

Wilson expressed, “Many moments of Ms. Spears’s life were familiar to me. We both had dolls made of us, had close friends and boyfriends sharing our secrets, and had grown men commenting on our bodies.”

“But my life was easier not only because I was never tabloid-level famous, but because unlike Ms. Spears, I always had my family’s support. I knew that I had money put away for me, and it was mine. If I needed to escape the public eye, I vanished — safe at home or school”, she emphasized.

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