During the early days of YouTube in 2007, “Leave Britney Alone”, a video made by Chris Crocker hogged a lot of limelight and is considered to be a viral one today. In the video, Crocker pleaded with the tabloids to stop following pop singer Britney Spears and leave her alone during her troubled phase and even broke down on the screen.
Now, after more than 23 years, the very same “Leave Britney Alone” video has fetched him more than $41,000 (18.69 ether) in the form of an NFT (Non Fungible Token) at an auction, as per a report by Business Insider.
The original 2007 footage was reportedly auctioned off by the creator to an anonymous buyer. Crocker, who identifies himself as transgender, revealed in an interview with Business Insider that this move of his may be misconstrued by a lot of people. According to him, he felt like he “took a lot of hits – you know, literal hits” and wanted to sell the video “as a way to reclaim the content and its significance after years of taking hits for the video”.
He also claimed that he has not made any money from the video after it was posted on YouTube.
Crocker says that he was curious about the digital-media NFT space and with some help, uploaded the original video file as an NFT. Of the money he’s received, he wishes to first help out his grandmother. In case of funds being left, he “would absolutely put that towards, like, me being able to become myself” and “live openly as a woman.”