antoine dodson, from rags to riches.

“He’s climbing in your windows, he’s snatchin your people up – tryna rape em so y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife…” If you haven’t watched this YouTube video, seen the Halloween costume or heard the musical remix (which made it to Billboard Top 100 list) then you are hiding under a HUGE rock.

Antoine Dodson – a YouTube LEGEND, an internet sensation and a household name. Dodson can thank his fame to an interview he had with a local television station. He was being interviewed because of a home intrusion and attempted rape of his sister.  After the interview was uploaded to YouTube, like wild fire, it spread to more than 26 million computer screens.

The success of the video, led the Gregory Brothers to turn the video into an auto-tuned song called the “Bed Intruder Song” (yeah real creative huh?). The song made its way to the top of the iTunes chart (and of course number 89 on Billboard’s Hot 100). If that’s not ridiculous enough, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory and Ethan Luck of Relient K made a punk rock cover of the song.

Dodson’s website asks for donations to assist his family in moving “out of the hood”, (which i would assume they have done,  with the success of both the song AND the video). Money made from the “Bed Intruder Song” is also going to a foundation that has been setup for juvenile diabetes – a disease both his mother and sister had. By September 2010, the Gregory Brothers reported that they had sold more than 100,000 copies of the song on iTunes.

The Bed Intruder Song was the most viewed YouTube video of 2010, it was chosen as the “Meme of the Year” in the 2010 Urlies – both as the People’s Choice and the Editors’ Choice – while the original video of Dodson’s television interview was the “Video of the Year” – People’s Choice. (thank you Wikipedia)

… and now! Dodson went onto the Lopez Tonight and performed with comedian Kelly Pryce their new anti-Kris Kringle anthem, “Chimney Intruder” (just know, sequels are never as good as an original).

I think it is pretty surreal how things are now a days. A simple video added to an online site can ultimately change your whole life. I wonder whats next, I’ve already seen a talking lizard, scarlet taking a tumble and of course the kid getting hit by an ice cream truck. Who will be the next YouTube superstar? Bring it 2011, I am ready!


One response

  1. I was studying something else about this on another blog. Interesting. Your perspective on it is diametrically opposed to what I read to begin with. I am still reflecting over the various points of view, but I’m inclined to a great extent toward yours. And no matter, that’s what is so super about modernized democracy and the marketplace of thoughts on-line.I will are available back again.

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