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Britney Spears megafan Chris Crocker gets an HBO deal

Remember the "Leave Britney Alone" guy from YouTube? His documentary on Internet fame is headed to cable.


Fruzsina Eördögh


Posted on Jan 26, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 10:15 pm CDT

Chris Crocker, the YouTuber best known for his teary-eyed defense of troubled singer Britney Spears, made a splash at the Sundance film festival this week with his documentary Me @ at the Zoo.

HBO was so impressed that they picked up his documentary and will air it this summer, making Crocker the latest YouTuber to make the leap to cable.

Me @ the Zoo is a documentary about Crocker and the cult-like effect YouTube celebrities have on their fans.

The title of Crocker’s doc is an allusion to the title of the first video ever uploaded to YouTube: “Me at the zoo,” by YouTube cofounder Jawed Karim.

The zoo Crocker finds himself in, however, is the zoo that is YouTube today.

The Salt Lake City Tribune called Crocker’s Me @ the Zoo “a grating examination of Crocker’s Internet life as well as the cultural impact of Internet celebrity” and gave it two stars.  

Critic Daniel Fienberg was a little more generous, giving the doc a B-. He waxed philosophical with references to Socrates, and declared that introspection was “so pre-2005.”

Despite being picked up by HBO, Crocker told Queerty in a video interview he doesn’t think his YouTube persona “will ever be mainstream,” because he is a “little too controversial.”

Crocker briefly pursued, then abandoned, a career in gay porn.

One career goal he still hasn’t achieved: actually meeting Britney Spears. A Spears rep told Crocker his video was “lewd and disrespectful,” he told Queerty in a video interview:

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*First Published: Jan 26, 2012, 2:42 pm CST