‘Leave Britney Alone’ was one of the first truly viral videos. In the clip, a visibly distressed Chris Crocker weeps and pleads with the audience to ‘leave Britney alone.’
Chris has moved past the initial hype of the video to become a successful YouTuber all round, but as the video turns ten years old (feel old yet?) he has revealed the dark story behind this unlikely viral hit.
The video was completely serious
In a statement posted to Twitter, Crocker reveals the trauma that lead to the video being filmed, and how he was forced to play along after the clip went viral and pretend it was all a joke, when really – it was deadly serious:
He also posted a video
In which he reveals all the thing he has learned in the ten years since the video was posted. It’s inspiring stuff: