Aided by her online network of friends, Lily Allen hosts a programme of music and chat. Each week she is joined by two celebrities and someone made famous on the internet.

Lily Allen and Friends - Netflix

Type: Talk Show

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 45 minutes

Premier: 2008-02-12

Lily Allen and Friends - Chris Crocker - Netflix

Chris Crocker (born Christopher Darren Cunningham) is an American Internet celebrity, blogger, songwriter, recording artist and former YouTuber and pornographic film actor. Crocker gained fame in September 2007 from his viral video “Leave Britney Alone!”, in which he tearfully defended pop singer Britney Spears' comeback performance at the MTV Video Music Awards; his video received over four million views in two days. The video gained international media attention, hundreds of parodies, along with criticism for Crocker. Producing and acting in his own videos, Crocker is a self-described edutainer. In almost all of his adolescent works, he presents himself as an openly gay and effeminate Southerner in a “small-minded town” in the Bible Belt. Using “Crocker” as a stage name, he kept his exact location private due to safety concerns and death threats in response to his YouTube and Myspace video blogs and profile until he was no longer a teenager. According to his Myspace profile, 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. Crocker's work consists mainly of short-form, self-directed monologues shot in his grandparents' home. As of October 2010, his videos had received a combined 50 million plays on MySpace, and his vlog channel on YouTube was the 100th-most viewed of all time in all categories, with over 205 million video views, before Crocker closed his YouTube account in September 2015. Crocker's detractors and critics have accused him of narcissism, melodramatics, histrionics, and using Spears' personal shortcomings to bolster his own fame. Others have accused Crocker of acting in the “Leave Britney Alone!” video, although he insisted it was genuine on a September 2007 appearance on Maury Povich's Maury show. In 2014, Queerty stated that with Crocker's thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers, he is “one of those self-invented social media icons”.

Lily Allen and Friends - "Leave Britney Alone!" - Netflix

Crocker is best known for his Britney Spears video, uploaded to YouTube on September 10, 2007. The first part of the infamous work was posted September 9, 2007 called “Leave Britney Alone pt.1” to his MySpace page, while the better-known “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!” (part 2) was posted to both Myspace and YouTube. In “Leave Britney Alone pt.1”, an emotional Crocker stated that he did not want fellow Southerner Britney Spears to spiral out of control like Anna Nicole Smith, who had died in February 2007. As of November 2010, the video had been viewed over 35 million times and has accumulated a total of over 500,000 comments. It is just a few seconds shorter than the second part, and Crocker, although emotional, remains relatively calm and composed, becoming teary only at the very end. In the videos, Crocker lashes out at gossip columnists such as Perez Hilton, and at reality TV star Simon Cowell, who criticized Britney Spears' onstage music performance at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas. Within the first 24 hours of its posting, the video had accumulated over 2 million views. As of January 2009, it has accumulated a total of 24 million views and is the second-most discussed video of all time on the site (in all categories), with over 350,000 comments. “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!” was one of YouTube's fastest “climbing” videos, reaching the minimum seven million views needed (as of September 2007) to be included in the “Top 100”. The video was nominated in the Commentary category in the 2007 YouTube Awards. The video received worldwide attention and earned Crocker interviews on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Today Show, Maury, The Howard Stern Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM morning show. Crocker and his video were also commented on in the mainstream media by shows like The View and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. YouTube said “the melodramatic two-minute clip made Crocker an instant YouTube star” and named it one of the top videos of 2007. Wired magazine named it the top video of 2007. Although sometimes shown in conjunction with news footage of Spears' performance, the “pure performance art” video became its own story, with the news media and the gossip industry offering opinions on the phenomenon, joking that Crocker could be “an insidious satiric mastermind” and comparing him to Andy Kaufman. In the video, Crocker proclaims, “All you people care about is readers and making money off of her. She's a human! Leave Britney alone!” Crocker stated that although he is often acting in his videos, his emotions were genuine and “straight from the heart”; although he described the clip as a “second take” in one interview, he clarified on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he meant that it was the second part of a longer video, the first part being “Leave Britney Alone pt. 1”. The “Leave Britney Alone!” video became a satire target, with parody videos, references in mainstream television spoofs, and films. Actor Seth Green's parody, which included him applying eyeliner several times and promoting his show Robot Chicken, called for people to “leave Chris Crocker alone!” Some video responses characterized Crocker as a drama queen, and Wired magazine stated that the video “sent world Schadenfreude levels zooming to heights unseen since the Fatty Arbuckle scandal.” The January 2008 parody film Meet the Spartans used pop culture references and met with generally poor reviews; the Electronic Urban Report called Crocker's cameo the “film's funniest moment”. Both Crocker and the video were also parodied in the South Park episode “Canada on Strike,” with a cartoon Crocker running around in a fight between various Internet memes, telling them to “leave the others alone”. In March 2008, a “trance remix” dance single “Leave Britney Alone” was released on iTunes and other sites by “Double J” featuring quotes from Crocker's video.

While numerous news and media outlets reported on the viral video, Fox News Channel's morning program Fox & Friends commentators questioned Crocker's gender and compared the fabric backdrop in his video to Osama Bin Laden's videos. Crocker produced two response videos – Poor FOX “News”.. and Rosie O'Donnell was right about FOX “News” (originally posted as “Dear Fox 'News'”) – addressing what he characterized as biased treatment while he called Fox News the “Republican, conservative, homophobic channel”. Crocker's stated concerns were the commentators calling him a “she/he” and what he felt was their needless questioning of his gender instead of commenting on the content of his video.

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