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'Leave Britney alone' guy celebrates 10 year anniversary

13 Septembre 2017

Old mate Chris - who in the ten years since continued to make viral videos for a while, and even released a documentary on his life - is reflecting on the video that sent him from internet fame to full-blown infamy. "While I'm known to do comedy: this was one video that I was serious in".

He also talks about the hard circumstances he had to overcome ten years ago, including his mum becoming homeless and having addiction issues after returning from serving in Iraq: "I knew that if I tried to explain that then no one would listen to me, so instead what I decided was "Oh if they think I'm a joke, then I'm going to act like a joke" - that didn't help me out in the long run". That year, my mom was battling addiction & became homeless after serving for our country in Iraq. The rant is the second most discussed video of all time in all categories on YouTube and it gained Crocker global attention that was off the charts. I was mocked for my femininity. Talk show hosts questioned if I was a man or woman, after playing the clip. So I decided that I would play up to the joke everyone thought I was. "And I'll always love Britney Spears". "That didn't help me out in the long run". Here we are ten years later still talking about this. So I gave them a cartoon of what they assumed I was, in my public appearances afterward.

Crocker posted the video a day after Spears' "infamously limp and half-dead VMAs performance, [which was] just one more thing for tabloids to pick on after a year of having fun with her well-publicized episodes of mental illness like going to rehab, leaving rehab, shaving her head, returning to rehab, divorcing Kevin Federline, making frequent unnecessary stops to convenience stores, eating McDonald's.... wearing tube socks, getting a spur-of-the-moment chihuahua, fighting a custody battle for her two kids, getting in a hit and run, and gloriously assaulting a paparazzo's auto with an umbrella", said Whitney Kimball on Jezebel.

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"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". I often wonder if I had started videos later, if I would've been treated differently.

And no, 10 years later, he still hasn't met his idol.

But one day, I hope!

'Leave Britney alone' guy celebrates 10 year anniversary