YouTube (via Colorlines) | August 20, 2010
Be sure to also read Fallon’s take on Dodson’s fame.
Accidental Internet celebrity Antoine Dodson tells ABC News that, although his sister’s attacker is still on the loose, he’s made made a “nice amount of money” off of the infamous “bed intruder” YouTube meme. “Enough to move my family from the projects,” he says.
Dodson became a Web star after an interview he gave to a local Alabama television station went viral. The interview is part of a news report on the attempted rape of his sister. In the video (scroll down to watch), an emotional Dodson launches into an animated speech, declaring, “Hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your husbands, they’re raping everybody out here!” Within the first week that the video was online, several parodies appeared. Some had deeply disturbing racial undertones, while others were surprisingly talented musical odes. Even the North Carolina A&T University’s marching band has gotten in the mix.