The internet is one of the biggest mediums for grabbing your 15 minutes of fame. But what happened to our favourite web stars, such as the evolution of dance guy and the kid of loved Britney Spears so much he cried for her, once their time ran out? We find out.
Chris Crocker: Leave Britney Alone!
It's hard to forget Chris Crocker's emotional plea for the world to "leave Britney alone!" (Believe me, I've tried.)
Crocker's show of support for the floundering pop star set off a media frenzy that he somehow managed to turn into talk-show appearances and an international following. So what's our gender-bending friend up to now? Brace yourself.
Crocker - whose official website boldly boasts: "That's Ms. Chris Crocker to you, bitch!"- indicates that he has moved on to a music career.
His newly released single, said to be getting plenty of radio play, is called Mind in the Gutter. (Darn! My money was on a cover version of Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?). Crocker says that he has done a "lot of growing off-camera" and, though he's "still Chrissy from the Crock," he is "no longer the funny video guy".
Hey, come on. Leave Chris Crocker alone.
WARNING: The following video clip contains strong language.
Jay Maynard: The Tron Guy
Jay Maynard's costume made him a household name for a short time in 2004. Maynard, who proudly dressed up in a lit-up likeness of the character from Disney's 1982 movie Tron, parlayed his inspired duds into talk-show appearances and even a South Park parody.
Today, the Tron Guy is holding tight to his memories. Maynard - who by day works as a computer consultant and project manager for the Hercules Project, a Windows-based emulator for IBM mainframes - still makes regular appearances in the Tron suit.
"It's really on its last legs and showing its age," he says. "The unitard is about worn out."
Not to worry, though: Maynard has several more waiting in the wings, ready to be painted and prepped for wear. And speaking of wings, Maynard also bought his own plane this summer and had it painted as - take a guess - the Tron costume. "I'm not going to try to drop it," he says. "It's part of who I am by now, and I enjoy doing it. I doubt it'll ever go away entirely."
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