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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. How's his porn career?

    Posted by: Rick | May 7, 2012 12:40:09 PM

  2. In my opinion, he's no different from Octomom. We're still waiting on their porns.

    Posted by: Ian | May 7, 2012 2:54:30 PM

  3. whatever Mike. "He booty bumped here and she felt up on him"? Um, no. That's not what happened in that video. Besides the fact that it just him and his hippie mom bein' 10 kinds of crazy, he's not hiding his true self from his mother. And if you can't be naked in front of your own family, then you're truly stupid. Grow up, grow a pair.

    Posted by: wtf | May 7, 2012 3:15:14 PM

  4. He's gotten a little nicer in the past year. He used to falsely accuse other gay internet personalities both popular and obscure of stalking him. It was never any big secret that he was from the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee. While I always was relieved by the idea of a gay person making a name for themselves, there were difficulties accepting his image. Mainly the fact that I think he took all the angst from that bullying he experienced and directed it towards other gay people. You can't hurt others and expect to make a change.

    Haters don't always make you famous and if you shrug them off, you've still got your own strength to carry you through.

    Posted by: Orion I | May 7, 2012 3:23:48 PM

  5. I agree with Mansquito, nelly queens are revolting.

    Every time I hear of a gay bashing I always hope it's one of those obnoxious in-your-face flamers.

    Posted by: EatGine | May 7, 2012 4:08:40 PM

  6. If you don't feed the Trolls they go away.

    Posted by: Tom | May 7, 2012 5:21:31 PM

  7. Not going to get involved in the masculine/feminine wars on here as it's circular and pointless ranting. But I'm with "Ian". Crocker jumped the shark long ago along with Octomom, the Duggars, the Kardashian ilk and the whole tribe of narcissistic fame-whores in our degraded popular culture.

    Thank heavens we still have opera queens and art galleries and museum curators in the fold, and a high-culture connection which brings pride to the community. He has as much relevance to me as Betty Crocker.

    Posted by: Contrarian | May 7, 2012 6:26:06 PM

  8. Great to see him again. I've been a fan of Chris Crocker for a long time, because of his reflexive insight, intelligence, fantastic expressiveness, humour, vital flair, and tenacity. Already in this trailer I've learned elements of his backstory I didn't know before, that make me appreciate and respect him even more. I'm so pleased to see him doing well, still with an audience, and being taken seriously for his work.

    Posted by: Rafa | May 7, 2012 11:14:46 PM

  9. i support him but I find him really boring and doesnt have anyhting semi-profound or intelligent to say.Sorry.

    Posted by: anthony | May 8, 2012 12:32:43 AM

  10. If you want to see the nude pics, here you go:

    I have to say that, while the strongly-feminine characteristics that he shows are not my cup of tea, it's not up to me to judge him. He is who he is and that has no effect on anyone else.

    I do like his new look much more than the platinum blonde phase. I actually think he's a hottie (and thought so before seeing the nude shots ... which, actually, did nothing for me).

    I hope he lives a long, happy life and brings joy to people. And, if he makes millions along the way, power to him!!!

    Posted by: John | May 8, 2012 12:41:10 AM

  11. Let's see class:

    What is more immediately important for
    everyone's long-term welfare, including

    1) Spending all our time talking about
    Chris - or -

    2) Getting off our asses and keeping the
    RepubliThugs(tm) from making our lives
    a living hell again if they get power at
    the local, state, House of Reps, Senate
    and the Presidency?

    If you things are bad for you now, just
    wait until we lose what little Democratic
    influence we have'll be forced
    back into that closet and this time the
    door will be bricked shut after they
    throw a couple at your head first.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | May 8, 2012 12:54:42 AM

  12. Great to see that he's calmed down a bit - he looks as if he's gotten stabler as he can calmly discuss his past notoriety with some degree of equanimity. I hope the best for him.

    Posted by: Homer | May 8, 2012 2:02:49 AM

  13. You go, girl.

    Posted by: stingo | May 8, 2012 6:39:51 AM

  14. I love Chris and any gay man is is therefore ** GAY ** has no right to say they want a 'masculine' boyfriend or a 'straight-acting' lover. You are into penises, so what will the faux appearance of masculinity do for you?! Let's all be real and true; this means stop knocking those are are different.

    Posted by: Drew | May 8, 2012 1:52:32 PM

  15. Ratbastard, nobody but America's braindead right-wingers believes that "most" gay men are fem or camp. And nobody but America's insecure gay conservatives still worries about it, either.

    Posted by: Jay | May 8, 2012 3:35:34 PM

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