As NFT- Leave Britney Alone video sold for $44000
The iconic ‘Leave Britney Alone circulating high video from 2007 has been auctioned as a non-fungible token (NFT) for $43,899 (18.69 ETH).
The video’s inventor Chris Crocker launched the auction from the Foundation NFT marketplace on April 9th after setting the initial price at 10ETH.
An indication of the bidding history shows a tussle between two likely buyers, but an anonymous individual ended up as the winner through the auction closed on April 12th.
Leave Britney Alone was posted to YouTube on September 10, 2007, in 24 hours it had collected over 2 million views, by 2009 it was the second most spoken video on the platform. It was the first viral video to get bulk mainstream coverage.
Verdict: I made this video as a gender-bending teenaged high school dropout in my grandparent's bedroom. I had no impression of the influence its message would have, years later; perhaps society is finally opening to get it.
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Crocker shaped the video in 2007 after defensive singer Britney Spears following a controversial performance at the Video Music Awards.
The video became a feeling after hitting about two million views within 24 hours of posting online. Crocker is on record stating he acknowledged negative feedback from the video, comprising transphobia.
Crocker’s motivation for selling video
The maker clarified the motivation behind the vending of the video. As per Crocker:
“I felt like a lot of people might misinterpret why I required selling it. But the real motive is that I felt like I took a lot of hits – you know, accurate hits. I didn’t get anything from [the video] other than to be put in a box for the next 14 years.”
Moreover, Crocker, who classifies as a transgender person, notes that the money will be guided towards facilitating their grandmother.
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