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Chris Crocker looks back on that iconic ‘Leave Britney Alone!’ video 10 years later

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 10 years since Chris Crocker first uploaded that iconic “Leave Britney Alone!” video to YouTube, catapulting him to Internet superstardom.

Yesterday marked the video’s 10 year anniversary. To celebrate, Crocker uploaded the video to his Instagram page along with a message.

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“10 years ago on this day, I defended my favorite pop star against the media,” Crocker writes. “I was mocked for my femininity. I was called every gay slur in the book. Talk show hosts questioned if I was a man or woman, after playing the clip.”

Crocker says he knew there was “no way people would take me serious” so he created a cartoon persona, but that was never who he truly was on the inside.

“The truth is and always was about standing up for someone and not standing idly by when you see someone being hurt by others,” he writes.

Looking back, Crocker wonders: If he had released the video just a few years later, after people had become more accepting on LGBTQ people and personalities, would the response have been the same?

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“Even if I got a public beating for standing up for what’s right,” he writes, “I’m happy I did.”

And, for the record, he still loves Britney Spears… even if the feeling isn’t mutual.

Watch the video and read the full statement below…

10 years ago on this day, I defended my favorite pop star against the media. While I'm known to do comedy: This was the one video that I was serious in. That year, my mom was battling addiction & became homeless after serving for our country in Iraq. The struggles in my home life and family life made me defensive over any woman going through a hard time. The internet and YouTube was a very different, less LGBT friendly place at the time. Nothing I said in the video was listened to. I was mocked for my femininity. I was called every gay slur in the book. Talk show hosts questioned if I was a man or woman, after playing the clip. I knew there was no way people would take me serious. So I decided that I would play up to the joke everyone thought I was. Realizing that telling them about what had actually triggered my emotional reaction (What my mom was battling) wouldn't be of interest to anyone. So I gave them a cartoon of what they assumed I was, in my public appearances afterward. But the truth is and always was about standing up for someone and not standing idly by when you see someone being hurt by others. In the 10 years since this video- A lot of LGBT Youtubers are celebrated for who they are. I often wonder if I had started videos later, if I would've been treated differently. But what I will say is this: Even if I got a public beating for standing up for what's right: Im happy I did. And I'll always love @britneyspears ??

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13 Comments

  • Kangol

    I loved that video. It was iconic and unforgettable.

  • Terrycloth

    Chris now is trying to be a gay porn star.
    Porn pays better than YouTube .

    • Bryguyf69

      Not the studios he worked for. Crocker’s problem was that his video went viral before Youtube instituted a fair monetization policy. If he is popular today, he should be able to make 5 figures, in addition to commercial deals. But frankly, he’s not very appealing.

    • Danny595

      Why would any gay man want to see this clown in a porno? He’s practically a woman.

    • Bromancer7

      @Danny595 He’s actually a pretty cute twink these days. Until he opens his mouth anyway. Dick isn’t too bad, and believe or not he tops most of the time.

    • abachooklas

      Tried; and where did he start? Doing a bareback film with the disgusting-disease riddled maverick men.

  • Bryguyf69

    I had no problems with him being gay and/or trans. My problem was Crocker’s over-the-top reaction and obvious need for attention. Basically, my reaction was, “Get a life! Go rant about something that actually impacts humanity…”

    That said, am I missing something? What did the blog mean by, “And, for the record, he still loves Britney Spears… even if the feeling isn’t mutual.” Did Spears slam Crocker or otherwise dismiss him?

  • Danny595

    I was in 7th grade when one of my buds showed me this clown’s video. We both wanted to puke. He thinks that people hated him for being gay, but the truth is that they pitied him for failing as a man. And rightfully so.

  • AJAnders

    I always considered this guy a clown, not because of him being gay or wearing makeup, but because he seemed like a whack job in that video.

    To get THAT emotionally distraught and devastated to the point of sobbing just because some media outlets said some unflattering things about a pop star? My GOD, get a life. I’ve seen people at funerals show more restraint than he did in that video. (At least those people had a logical reason for being upset).

    Take that kind of passion and use it for something worthy.

  • Ari Gold

    Literally the dumbest video ever made.

  • DCguy

    So he’s talking about the “Iconic” video 10 years later. How is this any different from when he talked about it 1 year later, 5 years later, 7 years later, or almost any time he’s been interviewed?

    The thing that’s more surprising is that it’s been 10 years since Spears meltdown.

  • Bob LaBlah

    Chris, I do hope you have some one in your life that tells you what you don’t want to hear and that you stop long enough to listen to what they are telling you. Your fifteen minutes of fame are over. The porn vids were ok but you didn’t exactly make many waves in porn else you’d still be doing it. Were I that person in you life I would advise you to get ready for going back to school or learning a trade. Regardless of how long or round what the models have to offer are hot bodies in porn are a dime a dozen and in a case like that the “price” of porn models comes down due to supply and demand. Think on that one for a minute. Good luck hon. I do wish you nothing but the best of luck. Once your over twenty-five age is no longer an excuse for stupidity.

    • DCguy

      A good note to him. Time to get an education and think about a job, but who knows if he’ll hear.

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