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Chris Crocker Screams For Britney And Gets Development Deal
You Scream, I Scream We All Scream For Chris Crocker To Stop It - Don't Get Me Started!
Well, to no one's surprise apparently the nineteen year old Tennessee kid who posted the now famous screaming and crying YouTube video in defense of Britney Spears VMA performance has supposedly inked a deal to get his own reality show. You scream, I scream, we all scream for Chris Crocker to stop it - Don't Get Me Started!
Also no surprise is that rumor has it that Bravo (the network that recently put William Sledd, the twenty-something Gap manager who broadcasts episodes of his "Ask A Gay Man" from his home in Kentucky on YouTube on their sister site outzonetv.com) is interested in Chris' show, whatever it may be, whenever it gets developed and if by the time all that happens anyone will care about the bleached blonde teen who once held a sheet up while screaming and crying in defense of Britney Spears from his room at his grandparent's house where he lives.
Now let me say that I get why the initial video has had something like 8 million hits. I watched it myself and I laughed. But some things (like this video) are meant to be passed via email between work pals and friends, everyone watches it, laughs and then moves on to the next one of these types of videos. I just don't get what he's going to do that will make a fascinating television show (when I could barely get through the whole six minutes of his famous video) but maybe it's just me and the fact that I can't help but feel that once again, an effeminate teen becomes the face of gays, Tennesseans and bleached blondes at the hands of gay executives.
You can stop yawning now, I know that I go on about this a lot but I think (and I have no degree from Harvard or a grant to do the research) but the more of these overly stereotypical gay images they put in front of the public the harder it will become for us to get marriage rights or just equal rights in general. The more we look like a group of people that revel in being seen and heard only when lisping, the less serious we get taken. It kind of reminds me of the start of the women's movement but I don't think that there's anyone out there who is going to do say what Gloria Steinem did in the seventies, going undercover as a Playboy bunny and writing a complete expose about it. In Steinem you had an intelligent woman who was very clear about what she was doing and the message she was sending out to wake us up about the very unequal rights of women but who can we look to to do this for us gays? The Gap manager who talks about the skinny jean, the teen who screams and cries over Britney Spears? Lance Bass? I don't think any of them are smart enough or really care about the overarching damage that's being done as this stereotype is not only applauded but goaded to make their "performances" bigger and more over the top with each webcast. Of course as a forty-something gay I could do it but let's face it and be really honest, no one's asking me (yet).
But suddenly I find myself reflecting on my posts and position on all of this and can't help wondering if perhaps I'm not gay...enough. To use Shakespeare's words from Macbeth, "I am a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." After all, I haven't received 8 million hits in a year of creating and daily updating my website and this kid hits that mark in three days. Should I don we now our gay apparel? Wigs, pumps a little rouge or at the least mascara and lip gloss? Or do I stay true to myself and the reasons I started all of this blogging in the first place?
I guess at the end of the day we bloggers are basically like the people Che and Eva sing about from Evita "hoping our lover (in this case the Internet reading and watching public and television executives) will help them or keep them, support them, promote them don't blame them, you're the same." So I guess good for you Chris Crocker and good luck with your reality show. While the rest of us are waiting for our fifteen minutes, we'll be watching yours and wondering if when Andy Warhol first told us that everyone would get fifteen minutes of fame he was thinking about the Internet, reality television and just how painful those fifteen minutes would be for the rest of us to watch? You scream, I scream, we all scream for Chris Crocker to stop it - Don't Get Me Started!
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