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Hysterical Britney Rant Rocks YouTube September 26, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Social Media, Web Video, YouTube.
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Unlikely “talents” are propelled to stardom in an age of video sharing. A videoblogging channel started by Chris Crocker nine-months ago has now become the talk of the Web since his “Leave Britney Alone” rant attracted the attention of mainstream news.

Chris Crocker’s cathartic defense of pop star Britney Spears from her many detractors is a performance better than Britney’s going by the 2.8 million viewers who have pored over his rant. Now he’s getting more exposure than Britney, having been on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the “Today” show.

Chris Crocker, not his real name, as he has been getting death threats from homophobes, claims to be a 19-year old actor from Tennessee. He said he made the Britney video because he thought Britney fans needed a voice. And what a voice.

In the video he smears his eyeliner as he sobs and screams at the “bastards” who aren’t cutting Spears slack for the “hard time” she’s going through, especially since critics slammed her zoned-out “comeback” performance at the MTV video music awards.

Crocker was famous on YouTube even before his Britney rant – among the 66 videos he’s posted since the start of the year, his “Bitch, please!” received more than a million viewers. Crocker says his first video “This & That” got 8 million views on MySpace, but that the count was later hacked.

So which is a bigger deal these days – 8 million views on YouTube for your first videoblog or being on CNN? And if home-made, low-cost videos can bring you such attention, can they do the same to propel real issues onto the world stage and spur action?


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