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Chris Crocker on His Mom, Britney Spears, and the Haters That Made Him Famous: VIDEO


Chris 'Leave Britney Alone' Crocker is the subject of a forthcoming HBO documentary Me @ The Zoo.

V Magazine talks to Crocker in a new interview.


Writes V in the print issue:

“Back in 2006, when I started posting videos, there really weren’t many visible gay teenagers making videos about their own lives,” says Crocker. Home-schooled after being relentlessly bullied over his ultra-femme/trans appearance, he found strength, paradoxically, in being as visible as possible in the online world. “I was used to the hatred, so I didn’t care,” he says. “I was paying attention to the fact that there were actually people out there who related to me. Having people write and tell me that I gave them confidence and made them feel better about going to school, that’s what I was drawing from. I never took the death threats seriously.”

Crocker also never saw himself as different from other kids—at least not until they started teasing him—in part because of the way his mother had raised him. “She’s very free-spirited and didn’t care if I had long hair in braids or played with Barbies and was feminine,” he says. “The years with her really had an impact on me.” Me @The Zoo makes the connection between Crocker’s relationship with his troubled mom—who still struggles with addiction and homelessness—and his compassion for Britney Spears, which is what led to the video that made him famous.

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  1. well, this thread is no doubt going to be a hotbed for miserable angry insecure rants from our resident closet-cases. but the sad thing is, Crocker's message(s) are what they, truly, need more than anything else.

    "leave britney alone" aside, the kid has posted some rather topical and spot-on videos, and his message of being who he is, haters be damned, is an important one.

    if Crocker isn't embarrassed to be who he is then why are any other gay people....uh..."embarrassed" on his behalf? seems a real waste of time and energy.

    what crocker has indeed inspired in many young people is the sheer resilience to be exactly who and what you are, even if who and what you are is (for no intelligent reason) something that people choose to take issue with.

    brass balls, kiddo.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 7, 2012 9:41:42 AM

  2. Nothing against this guy, but does he really warrant a documentary, and celebrity status because he posted a histrionic fan video for Brittany Spears?

    Posted by: pablo | May 7, 2012 9:49:14 AM

  3. We all Love you Chris.

    Posted by: Jacques Rosas | May 7, 2012 9:50:55 AM

  4. Disgusting behavior masquerading as "being a role model" is still disgusting behavior. Please stop glorifying it.

    Posted by: carl | May 7, 2012 9:56:29 AM

  5. I applaud YOU Chris for keeping it real then and now. What people dont understand is that indifference is worst than hate. Keep doing you, its worked so far has it not?

    Pablo, yes he does warrant celebrity status. Do we forget other celebrities found in social media sites like J.Bieber, Avery, Alyssa Bernal, Tila Tequila, Greyson Chance, etc etc etc. ?


    Posted by: Alberto Z. | May 7, 2012 10:09:20 AM

  6. As someone who has seen this documentary at Sundance Film Festival -- The fact that peoples intitial reaction is 'The Leave Britney Alone guy has a documentary?' is ridiculous. When you see this how much this kid has pioneered BEFORE his Britney video.. you will eat your words. TRULY a story for this generation. Mark my words. Best doc of the year, by far. Will be tuning in June 25th for the airing on HBO. Rock on, Crocker.

    Posted by: Dan | May 7, 2012 10:10:22 AM

  7. just because some redneck with a sister for a wife thinks it's "disgusting" doesn't mean the redneck with a sister for a wife is correct. and agreeing with the redneck with a sister for wife makes you less of a man.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 7, 2012 10:12:59 AM

  8. This guy makes me want to go back into the closet! Yuck.
    Two things I can't stand, attention whores and nelly queens.

    Posted by: Mansquito | May 7, 2012 10:17:13 AM

  9. ^ The above comment makes me want to go back in the closet. Just because he is unabashedly HIMSELF and is not camoulflaging what he is for your comfort does NOT mean he is a bad example of what gay should be. BEING ASHASMED OF ANY MEMBER OF THE GAY COMMUNITY BECAUSE THEY ARE UNABASHEDLY EFFEMINITE IS WRONG. SINCE WHEN DOES FEMININE EQUAL WEAK? As gay men that admire strong women, why do we outcast the gay MEN who are FEMININE? It stems from the societal pressure to be masculine if we are gay, because we are "second-best" in terms of "men". WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    Posted by: Dan | May 7, 2012 10:21:08 AM

  10. To be followed by the next documentary: "Colton Cumbie : I'm Super! Thanks for asking!"

    He sort of stole your thunder, didn't he Chris. Prime-time.

    Posted by: MarkUs | May 7, 2012 10:25:11 AM

  11. I'm glad he makes some guys want to go back in the Closet. the fewer self-hating homosexuals around the better. go back in the closet and stay there. you're not missed. by anyone.

    it's just funny, eh? he's ______ in a world that hates ______ and guys that claim not to be _______ are....what, exactly? angry that he has the strength to be ________ when they're not even strong enough to be visibly not-_________?

    if he can be who he is, unafraid, then any gay man who can't do the same needs to grow a pair.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 7, 2012 10:25:12 AM

  12. Get down with your bad self, Littlekiwi!

    Posted by: Vince | May 7, 2012 10:37:45 AM

  13. The extremes of both his devotees and his detractors are a bit baffling, frankly -- seems like a nice enough guy who's occasionally interesting (and, IMO, cute) but hardly the Voice of His Generation. But I did see one of his videos about HIV testing which was honest and accurate and, you know, if some of his fans saw that and it helped them out, then I say good for him.

    Posted by: Glenn | May 7, 2012 10:39:45 AM

  14. Good points, fellas. I don't understand why mansquito wants to go back into the closet but something tells me mansquito isn't out of the closet anyway. It's like Alberto and Kiwi said. If Chris has no problem being himself, then why do you have a problem with him being himself? He's not afraid to be who he is, and if you think you're not a *nelly queen* yourself then it shouldn't affect you. Who is the bigger coward, the nelly queen who is out or the guy who isn't out who insists he's not a nelly queen?

    Posted by: Jay | May 7, 2012 10:47:03 AM

  15. I like him. At least he had the balls to do what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it. Aren't we all sick of people who never stop pretending?

    Posted by: Andreas | May 7, 2012 10:48:17 AM

  16. are one sad homosexual. It is people like you who give us and the cause a bad name. You are no better than the squeamish heterosexuals who can't tolerate any deviation from the "norm". Shame on you for that hateful comment.

    Posted by: Michael | May 7, 2012 10:49:52 AM

  17. First gay with severe internalized homophobia has shown up in Masquito. It's always somewhat comical to see men, straight or gay, get so freaked out and behave so immaturely, be so insecure, solely because a man isn't stereotypically masculine. Comical in the sense it's these men who actually think that somehow they are more of men by hating guys who are more fem. That somehow, your attitudes are justified.

    Newsflash: Men who are confident in their masculinity are not affected in any way by guys who are more feminine. "Real men" are not anti-fem.

    Posted by: Francis | May 7, 2012 10:52:26 AM

  18. THANK GOD! Still vapid and irrelevant!

    Posted by: KDNA | May 7, 2012 11:08:37 AM

  19. Take us to church, Dan! Seriously, one of the best responses to femme-phobia I've yet seen in these comments sections.

    Posted by: AdamA | May 7, 2012 11:12:16 AM

  20. I did a google search on "Chris Crocker nude" and oh my, it's impressive.

    Posted by: Ken | May 7, 2012 11:12:29 AM

  21. This do-nothing publicity whore has a documentary? I'll be right there after I pour a bowl of captn-crunch and find my teddy bear to sit and watch it.

    Puleeze, this loser's 15 minutes was up years ago. Don't give him any more attention.

    Posted by: Brod | May 7, 2012 11:26:37 AM

  22. Flamboyant feminine males confused me when I was younger because I thought they were what "being gay" was and that wasn't me or my sexual attraction. Now that I am older and wiser I realize that human nature & sexuality is expansive and fascinating and that secure persons are not threatened or repulsed by difference.

    I find that MANSQUITO opinion vile and gay homophobia more disturbing than hetero least they have an excuse!!

    The underlying misogyny deserves more consideration but we only have to acknowledge the sissy's major role in advancing our cause to tell MANSQUITO and his kind to STFU!!!

    Posted by: Jack | May 7, 2012 11:33:47 AM

  23. Sweet, the timeless feminine vs masculine wars, brought in high relief with the return of chris crocker, who does deserve a documentary to be himself/herself in the face of hatred, cuz the kid does have brass balls and is one of the first archetypes of the youtube/internet memes. His videos are pretty brilliant.

    At the same time, it's not unreasonable to be irritated by high bitchy camp queen histrionics and shade in real life.

    Posted by: gomez | May 7, 2012 11:41:25 AM

  24. Chris Cunningham is a fine looking dude, but one ugly-a** woman.


    He applied himself, and through a lot of work and effort has become a 'famous' internet personality, of sorts. Nothing wrong with that.

    I only object to the ENDLESS gay sterotypes. NEWSFLASH: MOST gay and bi men ARE NOT 'fem', are not into cross dressing or TV, or even 'camp'. MOST, BY FAR, are not into 'leather' and prancing around in leather jocks and harnesses.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 7, 2012 11:41:28 AM

  25. He posted a video on his tumblr of him dancing around his mother naked. He booty bumped her and she felt up on him. It's still posted's sick.

    Posted by: Mike | May 7, 2012 11:47:18 AM

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