It’s really amazing that a break-in and attempted rape ends up somehow improving the lives of the victims.
Antoine Dodson made news in July 2010 when he gave an unintentionally hilarious interview to local news, which was subsequently auto-tuned by the Gregory Brothers into the catchy and hugely popular “Bed Intruder Song.” With 2010 coming to an end, this story is again making the rounds, stirring up even more publicity and fame for Dodson.
Few viral videos are quite as joyously embraced as the “Bed Intruder Song.” On July 28, 24-year-old Antoine Dodson gave an animated interview to a WATF-48 news crew about an attempted rape of his younger sister in Huntsville, Alabama. In the news clip, Antoine Dodson taunts and ridicules his sister’s would-be rapist.
“Hide your kids,” he said directly to the camera, “hide your wife, and hide your husband, ’cause they rapin’ everybody out here.”
Dodson’s flamboyance sent the interview itself viral within a single day, and by July 31, the Gregory Brothers — already Internet stars with their “Autotune the News” segments — brought their pitch-correction software to Dodson’s interview to make the “Bed Intruder Song.”
It became by far Gregory Brothers’ biggest hit, with over 100,000 copies sold on iTunes and the song shot to #3 on the iTunes R&B list and #89 on the Billboard Top 100. The Gregory Brothers are splitting the proceeds with Dodson 50/50.
The music video for “Bed Intruder Song” has become the most-viewed YouTube video of 2010 despite having been created in the summer of this year. As of today, 2010, it has over 53 millions views, making the 24-year-old Dodson an Internet sensation.
It also culminated in one of the most surreal moments of the year: In October, Dodson was invited to sing “Bed Intruder Song” live at the 2010 BET Awards and found himself performing a computerized version of his own distraught voice, while the music and movie stars in the audience sang along.
Dodson has no intention of letting fame pass him by.
“You can expect to see a lot of me on TV,” he told AOL News cryptically in August. When asked by The Root about his future, he replied, “I plan to do a lot of things. I want to be everywhere. I want to get into the music industry. I want to be the voice of the people. Most of my fans are rape victims who are scared to talk about it.”
He’s told The Root he wants to be an advocate for gay rights and rape victims, and he told Us magazine that he wants to open a salon or a hotel.
Dodson says he’s no longer the same man who appeared in that famous interview. “At the time, I was very angry,” he told AOL News. “It was just a couple of hours after my sister was attacked. Today I’m cool, laid back, relaxed. I haven’t been that angry person since that clip.”
Dodson plans to use the money from the Bed Intruder Song selling for US$1.29 a download and T-shirt sales to move his family out of the Lincoln Park housing project where they say the attack happened.
“Blessings come in disguise,” Dodson said. “This is a golden opportunity for us. I’m gonna take it and run with it.”