Chris Crocker, the guy behind the ‘Leave Britney Alone’ video, has responded to the new documentary Framing Britney Spears.
Sharing a Notes screenshot on Twitter, Crocker addressed the backlash he received for the video defending Britney Spears.
“Me saying ‘Leave Britney Alone’ was never really the issue,” he begins. “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 people could unpack the reason no one took me serious was because I was a gender-bending teenager,” he wrote.
“And the reaction to me was transphobic.”
In the statement, Crocker, real name Christopher Darren Cunningham, goes on to reveal the serious backlash he received.
He says death threats were sent to his grandmother’s house and that he was physically attacked by members of the LGBT community in gay bars and on the street.
Crocker explains this happened in a time before RuPaul’s Drag Race. “Before everyone and their Mum was saying, ‘Yass queen!”
“It was a time of only embracing the HETERONORMATIVE people in media.”
Crocker finishes up the statement by saying, “I hope not only Britney gets the freedom she deserves, but that Femme queer people are not tortured in the media when showcasing humanity.”
Read the statement in full below.
Me saying Leave Britney Alone was never the issue, though. pic.twitter.com/pMWWx8M4he
— Chris Crocker (@ChrisCrocker) February 9, 2021
Framing Britney Spears is yet to be released in Australia. There were a couple of sneaky uploads to Youtube, but they’ve since disappeared.
Spears has seemingly responded to it, saying, “Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories!”
Meanwhile, Spears’ boyfriend Sam Asghari has simply called her father “a dick”.