Man Who Made 'Leave Britney Alone' Video Wants Britney To Have 'Freedom'
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Chris Crocker, who made the well-known 'leave Britney alone' video has shared a statement following the release of the Framing Britney Spears documentary.
Crocker, 33, said, 'I hope Britney gets her freedom' while making a point about the abuse the viral clip received.
The video, which showed a tearful Crocker begging for people to leave the singer alone, went viral all the way back in 2007 - years before the 'Free Britney' movement took off.
Sadly, Crocker was also met with a huge amount of abuse - including death threats.
In a statement following the documentary's release, Crocker has hit back at those who reacted to the video with abuse, pointing out that when journalist Michael Moore defended Spears 'no one batted an eyelash'.
Crocker went on to say the reason no one took the video seriously was because it starred a 'gender-bending teenager' and called the response 'transphobic'.
The statement read: "Me saying Leave Britney Alone was never really the issue.
"Michael Moore said it and no one batted an eyelash.
"Maybe people reaching out to tell me, 'Chris, you were right' would feel good, if I knew that people could unpack that the reason no one took me serious was because I was a gender-bending teenager and the reaction to me was transphobic.
"When I said it, I had to fear for my life. Death threats were sent to my grandmother's house. I was already living in the south as a gender-bending teenager with no money or ways of feeling protected.
"The hate was also directed towards me by other LGBT people. Not just verbal but physical attacks were made towards me at gay bars and out in the streets.
"(By LGBT people who were embarrassed of me because of the way the media made fun of me. Which made them feel I gave them a bad name.)
"This was during a pre-Drag Race time, before everyone and their mom was saying 'Yass queen!'.
"It was a time of only embracing the heteronormative people in media.
"I hope not only Britney gets the freedom she deserves but that Femme queer people are not tortured in the media when showcasing humanity."
The new documentary from The New York Times explores Spears' conservatorship, the #FreeBritney movement on social media, and her court battle with her father over the control of her estate.
After it aired fans and fellow artists have railed behind the singer and flooded Spears with messages of support.