Shared September 12, 2017
‘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 a 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. Realising that telling them about what had 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 appearance 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.
Chris Crocker’s infamous Leave Britney Alone video is ten years old – yes, really.
In case you’ve never been on the internet – and in that case, welcome – the Leave Britney Alone sees an emotional Chris defending his idol Britney Spears, who was going through a rough time.
The original video was viewed over 35 million times and made Chris an online superstar, but with that came cruel comments about his appearance and sexuality.
In a seperate video, Chris told his followers that ‘the number one thing [he has learned] would be not to let the things people say online get to you.’
10 Years later I like the new look, Cheers chris!
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