Antoine Dodson YouTube Video -A Rise to Fame!
Antoine Dodson, a 24 year old resident of a rundown estate in Lincoln Park Huntsville, Alabama(AL) has in an overnight risen to fame thanks to a video he posted to YouTube ranting on how an alleged rapist/intruder who broke into their house and tried to assault his sister. On a local Television News Channel Antoine Dodson made the following comments on the event:
“Well, obviously, we have a rapist in Lincoln Park,’ he told local news channel WAFF-TV ‘He’s climbing in your windows, he’s snatching your people up, trying to rape them. So you need to hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband because they’re raping everybody out here."
The local police in that State have commenced investigation with attempt to arrest the intruder. However for Dodson his YouTube Video rant turned viral attracted over a Million Hits (reminiscent of the Kenyan 'Makmende's'- Just A Bands ,Viral Music Video).The Dodson Video has inspired the Gregory Brothers to produce a song entitled "The Bed Intruder Rap".The song has soared to No.3 in the R&B soul chart ranking better than rapper Eminem song in the list of best selling songs on iTunes. The simple YouTube Video has not only propelled Antoine Dodson to Fame but has generated him enough income that he is now considering moving his family to an up market area safe from such intrusions(SEE his website).
The Antoine Dodson story simply illustrates the power of social media to thrust seemingly simple idea/issues across a broad spectrum audience resulting in a measure of success. Something’s and or issues are not as simple as they look; social media makes them relevant as people begin to identify with the opinions expressed.