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Monday, September 17, 2007

Speaking of Chris Crocker

posted by on September 17 at 15:54 PM

Here he is back when he was named Jonathan Caouette. From the movie, Tarnation, interviewed/reviewed here (by me) a few years back.

(Sorry if this has been covered before.)

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Holy shit. Seriously?

Posted by Carollani | September 17, 2007 4:11 PM

Thanks for finally outing this. I have been venting about him being a "crock" performing a character for a while on here but no one seems to listen.

Posted by Touring | September 17, 2007 4:23 PM

I think Sean is speaking of the phenomenon of ChrisCrockeranity, not of Chris Crocker the actual person (if such a thing even exists).

That this conversation is even possible is deeply disturbing.

Posted by mattymatt | September 17, 2007 4:26 PM

yah and it sucked then too.

Posted by and | September 17, 2007 4:29 PM

Chris Crocker is not Jonathan Caouette. I mean physically. In spirit, probably.

Posted by Kate | September 17, 2007 4:30 PM

The two are very video-age Southern Gothic, recalling some Harmony Korrine character projected into a Tennesse Williams play perhaps. The difference is that Caouette had three dimensions and some deeply f'd up background lending himself a deeper character, the essense of "Found Video" even more precious than Crocker's 2D YouTube cause celeb. Catch up.

Posted by yerbamatty | September 17, 2007 4:45 PM

Yeah, and doing this kind of thing for an audience of yourself when you are 12 because you are exploring your identity is different - though I don't blame Crocker, however screwy the poor kid is - than trying to get a newish technological phenomenon in its own adolescence to propel you out of your (understandably desperate) situation, at 19. Plus Caouette is playing a character he knows or has invented rather than piling onto a media feeding frenzy (however sympathetically) over a person who doesn't exist. The internet, as Parker Posey so rightly said, ISN'T REAL. Same goes for celebrity culture and the alleged existence of "Ms. Britney Spears".

Posted by Grant Cogswell | September 17, 2007 5:07 PM

When gay Jewish filmmaker Jonathan Caouette was a preteen in Houston he created the footage became the genius of "Tarnation".

Young Jewish men creating identities and sharing them before the world is part of birthright as we are the sparks of divine light for the dark souls of the goyium.

I'm always interested in the work of Jewish artists like Caouette and whether or not he is also Chris Crocker, it's a tribute to Judaism that our fluid post modern identities float before the mesmerized goyium like divine gossamer released from the shattering of the vessels of light.

Posted by Issur | September 17, 2007 7:30 PM

Erm, if he's Jewish, why does his Myspace page say "non-religious?" Where did you hear he was Jewish, Issur?

Though I don't know why I'm even bothering to respond to your inane babbling about the superiority of Jews over the "poor misguided goyim" (you'd think you'd learn to spell the damn word already, 'goyium?')

Posted by Victoria | September 18, 2007 1:03 AM

I saw tarnation and liked it. because you see someone as a person struggling, not a character being the height of overblown dramatic idiocy.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 18, 2007 9:48 AM

@9 You may not approve of the pomposity of the Jew-art-loving commenter 8...whatever Caouette's myspace reflects is one thing, but it's my understanding (I'm a goy) that if you're born Jewish, you're always Jewish. Whether you like it or not. Really.

Posted by Applebama | September 18, 2007 9:54 AM

I'm pretty sure this "Issur" guy is a white supremacist in disguise. And I was completely annoyed by Tarnation. The advantage of Chris Crocker is that you only have to watch him for two minutes at a time.

Posted by poo poo | September 18, 2007 10:02 AM

Thank you #9 and # 12

Issur is an idiot.

Posted by ! | September 18, 2007 10:37 AM
Posted by Some Girl | September 18, 2007 11:12 AM

omg, you're blind!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 18, 2007 11:47 AM

@11- My parents were a Catholic and a Protestant, but that doesn't make me either. Judaism is a religion, a faith, a set of beliefs, not an ethnicity or gender or something else that's more or less fixed from birth. Regardless of how anyone else wants to view it, if the guy doesn't identify as Jewish, then he's not, regardless of some bizarre attempt on the part of the religion to claim those who are born to its practitioners. Yeesh.

Posted by Victoria | September 18, 2007 12:16 PM

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