“Leave Britney Alone”

Illustrator: Stevie Lacher

Surfing through 30-year-old YouTuber Chris Crocker’s many hilarious videos is something that I do on a daily basis. His videos are really relatable because he is so open about the problems in his life. Crocker is also an unapologetically strong advocate for the LGBTQ community. In addition to his YouTube presence, he is a professional vlogger and an accomplished musician, with three published albums, the latest of which is doing really well.

A while back, I came across a video of Crocker reacting to an old video he did 10 years ago. In this so-called anniversary video, Crocker described what he went through in his life during that time period. He tells the story of how his mom came back from the war in Iraq and of seeing her suffer through her PTSD and addiction.

I thought to myself, “Wow that’s interesting, but what video is he talking about?” After a quick search on YouTube, and sitting through a cringeworthy four minutes, I finally realized what made the video go viral. Crocker is responsible for the classic “Leave Britney Alone” video. Back then, he was just a scrawny kid, talking about how people were treating Britney Spears badly after her mental breakdown, saying through mascara-ridden sobs that Spears was just a human having a hard time in life. Honestly, it’s hard to connect the Chris Crocker I have grown to know and the person from the viral video. Talk about a glow up!