'Leave Britney Alone!' Turns 10

It’s Been 10 Years Since ‘Leave Britney Alone’ & Chris Crocker Has Reflected

It's Been 10 Years Since 'Leave Britney Alone' & Chris Crocker Has Reflected

Chris has moved past the initial hype of the video to become a successful YouTuber all round, but as the video turns ten years old (feel old yet?) he has revealed the dark story behind this unlikely viral hit. "I knew if I tried to explain that, no one would listen to me", he continued.

"I knew there was no way people would take me serious. That year, my mom was battling addiction and became homeless after serving for our country in Iraq". While I'm known to do comedy: "This was the one video that I was serious in", he wrote.

Crocker also opens up about the response to the video, noting that LGBT YouTube and cultural attitudes surrounding LGBT people in general were at a very different place than they are in 2017.

The aftermath of the video's release has stayed with Chris who recalled: "I was mocked for my feminity. Talk show hosts questioned if I was a man or a woman, after playing the clip". "I often wonder if I had started videos later, if I would've been treated differently". So I decided that I would play up to the joke everyone thought I was.

In the intervening decade, Crocker has been the subject of a documentary ("Me At The Zoo"), done porn, partied with Paris Hilton, made friends with RuPaul, and dropped his long hair for a tighter crop. So I gave them a cartoon of what they assumed I was, in my public appearances afterward.

He said, "Here we are ten years later still talking about this".

On his Instagram account, Crocker marked the 10th anniversary of Leave Britney Alone by sharing four things he's come to understand as an internet celebrity, including the most important lesson of all: "Let the haters kick fuckin' rocks, man".

"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. "Even if I got a public beating for standing up for what's right: I'm happy I did", he writes.

But one day, I hope!

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