By JOSEPH NORMAN
Chris Crocker, best known for his tearful YouTube plea to “Leave Britney Alone!” is the newest gay “celebrity” to dive into the murky waters of adult film. He recently announced a deal with OLB Media (the porn company behind Onthehunt.com, Fraternityx.com, Straightmen.com, Parolehim.com, and Maverickmen.com) to create, develop, and manage his own adult site, ChrisCrockerXXX.com, which will premiere later this winter. His first film, which Chris filmed with ex-boyfriend Justin Goble, is available for download now at Maverickmen.com.
He spoke with the Agenda’s Joseph Norman.
FA: How does one go from pleading for everyone to “Leave Britney Alone!” to launching his own adult film brand?
CC: I was 19 when that [Britney YouTube] video came out. I’m 24, turning 25 now. As my HBO documentary (“Me At The Zoo”) pointed out, I’ve used film as an emotional outlet for years. I’ve filmed myself being crazy, having fun, crying. Filming myself having sex is just an extension of what I already do.
FA: Why was the YouTube video such a phenomenon?
CC: I think the video was just straight from the heart and it made people uncomfortable. They didn’t know whether to laugh at it or to take it seriously. They just knew to watch. I also think me being an effeminate male crying over a woman added to the interest. FA: How have you grown in the last five years? I’ve shifted my interests quite a bit. I went from crying over pop stars to becoming one. I’ve sold nearly 100,000 songs on iTunes.
FA: You also “butched” up. It was a natural evolution. I felt the change coming on inside of me and wanted to act on it. It wasn’t a calculated decision to distance myself from my old persona. I simply felt new inside. FA: You’re being criticized for promoting bareback sex in your films. What’s your response?
CC: I see the complaints. I don’t necessarily disagree with them but at the same time, I represent myself, not the community. I’m not a role model because I don’t play a role.
FA: But as a public persona, do you not feel a responsibility to promote safe sex among your audience, many of whom are young gay men?
CC: As I said, I answer to myself. Lots of people are public figures. The public shouldn’t assume that just because someone receives attention, they’re fit to be a moral compass. I do promote safety to youth. I was in a relationship with the guy in the video so I didn’t wear a condom.
FA: You came to Britney’s support. Do you think she would support your decision to do porn?
CC: Probably not. Judging from her “X Factor ” audition clips, she seems easily weirded out by people. But I don’t need her approval or anyone else’s. I’m my own idol now.