Only in today’s computer age could Kevin Antoine Dodson become a household name. He has You Tube, Auto Tune and of course the Gregory Brothers to thank, but Antoine now has fans in Australia and London and the biggest reason for that is his undeniable charisma and charm.
It all started on July 28, 2010 in Huntsville, Alabama. After the alleged attempted rape of his sister Kelly by an intruder in her bedroom, Antoine was interviewed by NBC affiliate WAFF-48 News right outside his home. The video of the interview was memorable due to Antoine’s passion and flamboyance; He spoke directly into the camera and called out the would-be rapist delivering his tirade reminiscent of a gangsta rap song. “You don’t have to come and confess/ we’re looking for you/ and we’re going to find you/ so you can run and tell that, homeboy”.
An incident like this is not difficult to stage. I wouldn’t put it past anyone nowadays to use an alleged crime as an excuse to get on T.V. There is something very sincere about Antoine and his sister in that interview though. It’s my gut instinct that the incident, and most importantly Antoine’s reaction, was quite real. It’s for this precise reason, I believe, that this video and song is so popular.
It’s been sheer viral video brilliance on the part of the Gregory Brothers ever since they began to ply their craft. Their craft has been mastering the software Auto Tune. Auto Tune digitally manipulates any voice and conforms it to a melody, making it appear to sing. They’ve combined the audio software with clever video editing and have been parodying mostly newscasts. It was only a matter of time before they crossed paths with Kevin Antoine Dodson after his interview with that local Alabama news station.
A friend introduced me to the “Bed Intruder Song” video. First he showed me the interview with Antoine and his sister Kelly, and then the remix. I must admit, it made my day and I helped spread the word. I found it quite humorous and quite impossible to get the song out of my head. It’s a great song with a great hook and I think my initial appreciation lay with my artistic side. There was no denying Dodson’s appeal though.
If I am not laughing with Dodson, because he is not laughing in that video, I can’t say that I am laughing at him because he nor his sister appear to be victims at all. There was no actual rape and the Dodson’s are angry and brave as they verbally attack their unknown assailant. They are not the butt of the joke as much as the perpetrator who left his T-shirt and fingerprints behind is. So dumb.
Of course groups will speak out against this video. They will say that it sends a bad message. They will say that it makes light of a serious situation. They will say that it portrays African Americans in a bad light. They will say these things as they themselves cant help watching it over and over and over.