'Leave Britney Alone!' guy shares the heartbreaking backstory behind that viral video, 10 years later.

'Leave Britney Alone!' guy shares the heartbreaking backstory behind that viral video, 10 years later.
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Before viral videos and memes became daily occurrences, we appreciated each and every viral video with a little more oomph. 10 years ago, the internet went wild for a video called "Leave Britney Alone!" made by a dude named Chris Crocker. His desperate plea for viewers to give Britney Spears some goddamn respect, mysteriously filmed from underneath a sheet, is still iconic, a decade later.

To celebrate the emotional clip's decennial anniversary, Chris Crocker, now 29 (and pretty damn attractive), once again uploaded a video of himself talking to the camera. (Not from under a sheet this time, unfortunately.) In the video, he explained a few things he learned since posting the infamous video back when he 19 years old, and he also shared why he was so passionate at the time.

The number 1 thing would be to not let the things people say about you online get to you. I didn't know how to deal with it. I knew if I tried to explain to everyone my mom became homeless that year, my mom got back from Iraq from serving in the war, and she had addiction issues, and I was dealing with a lot in my family. I knew if I tried to explain that, no one would listen to me. So instead what I decided to was, "Oh, if they think I'm a joke, then I'm going to act like a joke." That didn't help me out in the long run.

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Crocker also advises not to let what others say about you define you, to be cautious when posting online (because, as "Leave Britney Alone!" proves, stuff can stay around for a while), and lastly: "Let the haters kick fucking rocks, man."

He elaborated on this further in a statement, which he shared to Twitter.

Crocker also answered a question you know you were wondering about.

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Tagging Britney Spears? That's a bold move, Chris. We're going to have to ask you to LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!

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