Celeb Chris Crocker: The Stranger Profile
posted by May 30 at 16:14 PMon
For this week’s Stranger I wrote about Chris Crocker, a 19-year-old gay kid who, using little more than a digital video camera and an internet connection, has managed to channel his small-town frustrations into national online fame.
This was one of the most fun and heartbreaking stories I’ve ever had the chance to write for The Stranger, and I have a number of “Crocker outtakes” to post over the next few days—things I couldn’t fit in the story, but that shouldn’t be kept from the world. Look for them starting tomorrow.
But for now, check out the power of online fame. My story went up online a little less than an hour ago. Chris, who has never had a profile written about him before and was eagerly awaiting it, immediately sent out a MySpace bulletin to his fans giving them a link to The Stranger.
In my story, I write that Chris’s fans “hang on his every MySpace bulletin,” and I wasn’t kidding.
Already, his lovers (and haters) are weighing in on the article by posting comments on his MySpace page. A few kind examples:
Wow…i’ve read da whole article… I love you more now.
I just read the article. Hot damn boy. Get out of there and come here, to LA =D
OMG that thing I read has changed my whole views bout you and your videos I was in tears when I was reading that omg I had do idea that you had to go throught something like that some ppl are just ass holes and you know that is something they have to live with that u so you know what life goes on… Well f u need another fan to tlak to I’m here for you babe… LoVe ya
And then there’s this, from one of the many Crocker haters, who posted the following comment more than 50 times in a row:
UPDATE: And perhaps I should change “national fame,” above, to international fame. This just landed in my in-box from the UK. (And, just to be clear, I’m not posting these to stroke myself, but to show how fast—and far—things can move online these days, and how “viral” anything about Chris can become. Remember, my story went online only an hour ago.)
My name’s Willem Botha, proud South African, now living in UK to further my studies in film making.
Just want to say that your article on Chris was amazing and I enjoyed reading every word of it. Thank you for sharing it with the world. That boy seriously needs to get out of that town and fast. But things are looking quite bright for him at this moment, which I’m very glad for. I really do care about his future and I wish only the best for him.
Anyway, that was all I wanted to say. Thanks again for the wonderful article!