Leave Chris Crocker Alone

Perez Hilton, Glenn Beck, and maybe even YOU cyber bullied Chris Crocker, back before gay bullying had become the cause celebre. Three years after the “Leave Britney Alone” video brought him to stardom (and infamy), we caught up with Crocker to find out how life is going after Hollywood sucked him in, spit him out, and sent him back to Tennessee.  So is it true that #itgetsbetter for everyone including internet celebs? Listen in and find out…

ON PUTTING HIMSELF OUT THERE FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE

“Opening up to the camera and showing how crazy I am makes me feel more normal.”

THE HOLLYWOOD/PEREZ HILTON MACHINE

“I definitely feel like I’ve been written off…I’m not oblivious to how Hollywood has treated me while I was there. Perez was telling people not to work with me. I had said I didn’t agree with how he talks about Britney…but because I said it he said I betrayed him…and then he literally told tons of outlets not to work with me or he wouldn’t do any deals with them.”

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A NEW PROJECT

“There was a deal with Logo that kinda feel through…and now for the past year I’ve been doing this documentary.  I’m really proud of it. It shows you everything like why I’m crazy in this small town, what’s been going on with my mother’s drug use…it’s kinda life before, life after and what’s gonna happen.”

THE HATE, THE BULLYING AND THE SUICIDES

“The hate has been out there a long time, and if I weren’t a person with a strong sense of self I too could’ve been a suicide statistic…because there is a lot on online bullying and hatred…”

“I’ve seen it in the comments, they’re telling me to go kill myself, and if I didn’t have a strong sense of self maybe I would.”

“I think that the reason I know how to put up the bullying is because I’ve never been accepted, like remotely - ever.  The only people who accepted me were family, and sometimes not even them.  So I think a lot of these people that come out gay don’t know how to deal with the sudden rejection, but I’ve never been accepted; I’ve just always been very obviously gay.”

THE RISKS OF OVERNIGHT SUCCESS

“It’s really hard to live it down when everyone assumes I wanted to be famous and everything didn’t work out.  It’s really hard to live it down especially when it happened overnight and you didn’t expect it.”

THE 1%

“I’ve had people walk up to me and tell me I’m the reason they get bashed…I only represent the 1% of the gay community which I happen to represent, which is myself….Just cause I can make fun of myself doesn’t mean I want anyone to get made fun of.”