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Chris Crocker Doc Premiers MONDAY (UPDATED)


(UPDATE: Mea culpa. This thing's premiering Monday night, 9 p.m. Not Tuesday night, as previously reported. Read on. - BKT) 

As Andy reported in May, Chris Crocker, internet celebrity and creator of uniquely diquieting YouTube videos, is the subject of a documentary entitled Me @ The Zoo, which premiered last winter at Sundance. It's been picked up by HBO, and debuts on that channel on Tuesday, at 9 p.m. It looks extremely cool -- a meditation on internet celebrity from two whip-smart fiimmakers who know exactly what they're after, and who may be seen discussing their film AFTER THE JUMP.

To plug the film, Crocker chatted this week with HuffPo's Noah Michelson. As always, he's a lot saner in interviews than his videos would suggest. A sample:

HuffPo: With the documentary coming out, some people are saying this is your second chance at fame. Some are even calling it your last chance. How do you respond to that? Are you plotting how you can ride the current interest in you to the next level?

Crocker: That’s so funny. I think that people -- especially people I work with and that are around me -- they want me to be more strategic, but I genuinely did this documentary because of the therapeutic relief of just needing to be understood as a person. It was never for the fame in the beginning and it’s not about the fame now. It’s so interesting because, yes, I have played up being this "fame whore." And I’ve played up to that because I knew that’s what people thought of me, so I wanted to be in on the joke. But the whole time it’s never been about fame for me. It’s literally been an outlet. I do consider myself an entertainer and if entertaining people happens in the process of having therapy, then great.

I’ve met with some really amazing people recently -- I was just at John Waters’s party in Provincetown -- and I’ve really been encouraged by people who it’s so hard for me to even walk into a room with because there’s all these preconceived notions about me wanting to be famous and these preconceived notions of me not being genuine -- like I'm this 15-minutes-of-fame, desperate person. That kind of gets to me. It’s like, if I do have any ambition about me whatsoever, that’s perceived as me being a fame whore. If I do something I want it to really be grassroots -- maybe an indie film? I’m not sitting here wanting to be on tabloids. It’s not what I’m in it for.


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  1. love me some chris rocker. you go girl

    Posted by: redball | Jun 23, 2012 2:53:27 PM

  2. the most interesting, and telling, thing about the whole Crocker phenomenon is the incredible anger and rage that a certain demographic sub-group of Gay harbors toward him.

    and we all know why.

    it's funny - there's the whole "gays like him ruin it for the rest of us" rhetoric, which makes no sense.

    here's a terrific lesson for those in that rather-sad demographic: learn to be as unafraid of what other people think as Crocker is.

    nobody is saying you need to look like him, talk like him, act like him, or any of that.

    but if this guy can be who he is, and how he is, in a culture still baseless prejudiced against people like him then it should be inspiring for people to live out loud, despite the hate.

    i mean, sure. we all know the regular trolls will come in to scream "FEM!" and stuff like that.

    but if Crocker isn't afraid then why are you? Oh, that's right. then we have to deal with the fact that there's resentment than some gay men aren't crippled by the same fears of "being known as gay" (or what "kind" of gay) that the trolls do.

    oh well.

    the doc looks interesting!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 23, 2012 3:08:42 PM

  3. Chris Crocker? Is he even remotely relevant anymore??? I hadn't heard anything about him in at least two or three years.

    Posted by: ? | Jun 23, 2012 3:29:24 PM

  4. Crocker is still a young man... He could definitely develop into a beautiful human being...He is an interesting character for sure...
    I will be watching this documentary alright!

    Posted by: George F | Jun 23, 2012 3:31:32 PM

  5. Fantasy youtube "celebrity" plane crash!!

    Posted by: ed | Jun 23, 2012 3:37:40 PM

  6. The thing that gave it away for me about Chris was that he was just way too easy to condescend to. And almost everyone fell for it. Even those who would ordinarily bestow the benefit of the doubt were much too easily inclined to be dismissive. Self-indulgent shenanigans register quickly and very low on my media appeal scale, and from my very first encounter with Crocker programming I was suspicious. Not suspicious that he was a clueless, self-indulgent drama queen, but suspicious that his antics had pinned my radar about such things into the red zone much too quickly and completely. As though I was being fooled into thinking he was something less than he was. I decided right then and there, and have since believed, that Chris Crocker is an artis in the truest sense.

    Posted by: Rascal | Jun 23, 2012 4:56:38 PM

  7. says this is showing on MONDAY at 9pm.

    It doesn't appear to be showing on HBO in Canada simultaneously, or at any time this month or next.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 23, 2012 5:22:03 PM

  8. can't imagine a greater waste of time

    Leave him ALONE!

    Posted by: t | Jun 23, 2012 5:54:54 PM

  9. Some of you have some trouble differentiating between trash and self-loathing. Not liking the Chris Crocker of the Internet is not self-loathing, it's a dislike for trash.

    I've got no problem with him, and everyone's entitled to earn a living. But I'm not into trash.

    Word to the wise, gay trash is still trash.

    Posted by: Bleh | Jun 23, 2012 6:52:05 PM

  10. I had the pleasure of seeing the fim at Sundance and thought it was great. I also found Chris Crocket to be very smart and likeable. It takes a heck of a lot of guts to be an out and proud queen in Tennessee and on Youtube. The haters and (self loathing) homophobes on thiese sites could learn something from him.

    Posted by: Nick Name | Jun 23, 2012 7:05:39 PM

  11. I really think there's more to Chris Crocker than meets the eye. FWIW, I don't know where he's living now but at the time of the "Leave Britney Alone" video and for a long time afterward he lived somewhere within a few miles of where I live, in a small Tennessee town. I never met him and doubt I'd have much in common with him, but finding that out made me play closer attention to him than I normally would have. My initial reaction was probably much like everyone else's, "Aw GEEZ! Another bad stereotype!"

    But read the profile of him in Seattle's The Stranger from several years ago. Or watch a video if him being interviewed about this film. One thing that many missed if they just saw the Britney video was that here was a young, abused (had to be homeschooled due to bullying in public school) gay boy and he was really REALLY pissed! A lot of his videos were basically screams of rage. But when he calms down he's smarter than you give him credit for and more thoughtful.

    Yes there's the flirting with doing porn thing, and the cross-dressing period (which seems to have ended) but he is (or was) a small-town gay kid who suddenly became "internet famous" and there were a lot of temptations.

    So I plan to give the documentary a look. I really think there's more to him than you think. At least I hope so.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 23, 2012 7:17:56 PM

  12. Im not being bad, I'm just being honest in the "leave Brit alone" video - he was a 0 - with the porn venture...he became a 5

    Posted by: Marky | Jun 23, 2012 7:49:58 PM

  13. Oh yeah, and I won't be watching LOL

    Posted by: Marky | Jun 23, 2012 7:50:36 PM

  14. I'm a fan of Chris Crocker, and thrilled tonhear about what sounds like a smart and well made film. He's so intelligent, expressive, passionate, analytical, opinionated... How can I see this here in Toronto?

    Posted by: Rafa | Jun 23, 2012 7:57:21 PM

  15. Good for him! I fulloy support him and his quest

    Posted by: Red Velvet | Jun 23, 2012 8:03:02 PM

  16. I support all LGBT as they strive to pursue what goals they set out to do. In a world that demands they become straight "or else.." and is filled with bigotry, I support every gay person who is openly forthcoming and honest with who they are, is ambitious and is brave to grab it. Good luck Chris Crocker

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Jun 23, 2012 8:04:28 PM

  17. Some gays see the pursuits and success of fellow gays as a reminder of what they haven't done and quotmatically become catty and vicious toward said gay, while uplifting and supporting most heterosexuals. Other gays see it as a triumph for themselves when a fellow LGBT member can clim up, get visibility and do what they want without being forced to hide in a small closet making apologies for being gay. Those two differences is what seperates a well adjusted gay person and a self loathing gay person for me. Time and time again, you can count on this sites posters to belittle ALL gay men in the arts and media, while fawning over virtually all straight men. Speaks volumes about the level of shame within them.

    Posted by: Dynex | Jun 23, 2012 8:07:34 PM

  18. @ Dynex

    It's also important to explore the anti fem element of the gay community. Many self described "masculine" or "str8 acting" gay men have a level of disdain toward fem gays that can only be compared to that of the worst homophobic bully on a playground. They demand everyone who is gay be exactly like them. They believe every gay person is a representation of them. Instead of being themselves and showcasing to the world who they want to be seen as, they'd rather police how every gay man behaves, what they wear, how they talk....not very different than your average homophobic preacher. When you get down to it, the "str8 acting" gay man is preaching for the same thing the homophobic preacher is...sameness and changing who you are for the comfort of others.

    Posted by: bite-johnson | Jun 23, 2012 8:10:40 PM

  19. If some kid having a documentary on HBO angers you, or frustrates you to the point where you gotta throw daggers at him, you don't have enough problems in your own life. who cares if he's doing what he wants? seriously. go get a hobby. damn.

    Posted by: ThisNow | Jun 23, 2012 8:12:01 PM

  20. This actually looks interesting. I may check it out, and see if it IS interesting or not. and I agree with other commentators, the level of viciousness directed to one of our own (and not just this Crocker dude but ALL gay people in the public eye) is a level of insanity on here. A picture of a straight athlete gets posted and there's dozens of proposals to mary him in the comments section...a picture of any gay news anchor, singer, model or actor gets posted and it's vile, bitter, nasty commentary. That IS self loathing. You call it anything you want to help you feel better about yourself, but we as humans are not wired to discover in ourselves what others see in us.

    Posted by: Jax | Jun 23, 2012 8:17:50 PM

  21. All the best to him. Cut be a creative genius. Usually people who are 'off' make for great creatvity. Hope he does well in whatever he chooses.

    Posted by: J. James | Jun 23, 2012 9:38:40 PM

  22. I'm glad the Lady Gaga Strategy worked for him. Will it work for you? Try it and find out!

    Posted by: luminum | Jun 24, 2012 12:50:51 AM

  23. I sincerely hope he gets an education. He has lived his life, his youth, most bizarrely ( by my old perspective) in front of a camera. His generation lives for exposure. In that context, his maybe porn career (did he ever go through with that?) makes sense. But from what I have read, he seems so much more than a video blip on a pop radar screen. Go to college, Chris. And then, to grad school. You have something to say, and to share, worth listening to. Learn what it is, and how to share it most effectively.

    Posted by: TJ | Jun 24, 2012 1:28:48 AM

  24. Hey, BITE-JOHNSON,

    one of the mos brilliant comments I've ever read on this blog.


    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 25, 2012 9:37:26 AM

  25. The documentary premieres TONIGHT @ 9 (Monday, not tuesday).

    Posted by: DJ | Jun 25, 2012 10:47:48 AM

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