Ten years ago Sunday, it was the YouTube video that rocked the world: a tearful defense of Britney Spears.

The video vacuumed up millions of views in days and launched the 19-year-old fan to global fame.

Jezebel framed the anniversary:

“Ten years ago, … in the depths of the Simon Cowell era, Chris Crocker broadcast his howls of pain out through our desktops, with his creation ‘Leave Britney Alone!’ which briefly pierced the internet’s cold black heart.”

Crocker posted the video a day after Spears’ “infamously limp and half-dead VMAs performance, [which was] just one more thing for tabloids to pick on after a year of having fun with her well-publicized episodes of mental illness like going to rehab, leaving rehab, shaving her head, returning to rehab, divorcing Kevin Federline, making frequent unnecessary stops to convenience stores, eating McDonald’s…. wearing tube socks, getting a spur-of-the-moment chihuahua, fighting a custody battle for her two kids, getting in a hit and run, and gloriously assaulting a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella,” said Whitney Kimball on Jezebel.

“In the 10 years since this video a lot of LGBT Youtubers are celebrated for who they are. I often wonder if I had started videos later, if I would’ve been treated differently.”

Crocker, 29, now says he is still “happy” he posted the video but has learned a lot in the past 10 years.

Wikipedia notes that Crocker lived in Los Angeles as of January 2008.

“In May 2010, he returned home to Tennessee, and now travels to Los Angeles for business,” the site said.

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