Friday, September 3, 2010

Weekend fun part 15; Antoine Dodson and his Bed Intruder song

Antoine Dodson, if you live in a cave,
is the guy from Huntsville, Alabama,
that has surged to fame via an interview with the local news.
After a break-in and attempted assault of his sister,
Dodson—who had helped fight off the attacker—gave
an interview with some memorable quotes.
You might remember this section:

“Obviously, we have a rapist in Lincoln Park.
He’s climbing in your windows.
He’s snatching your people up, trying to rape ‘em.
So you all need to hide your kids,
hide your wife,
and hide your husband,
’cause they’re rapin’ everybody out here.”

Video of this interview went viral almost immediately,
and it currently has millions of views—there
are multiple versions on YouTube…
one has seven million views,
one has four million,
and several more have between one and two million.
Check out the interview that started it all:

If you somehow managed to avoid hearing about that video and story…
you might have caught up when
the Gregory Brothers—of Auto-Tune The News fame,
and who recently signed a development deal
with Comedy Central
—took their unique brand
of auto-tune humor and applied it to Dodson’s words.
The result was the Bed Intruder Song,
which currently has nearly 17 million views:

Want to really have your mind blown?
That song is currently the 35th most-downloaded song
and even cracked the Billboard Top 100.

And here’s where the story takes an interesting turn.
The Gregory Brothers are giving
Dodson 50% of all the profits from the song.
And Dodson has decided to ride this
unexpected fame right out of
the poverty his family has long lived with.
They’ve already used some of his
new found earnings to purchase a new house.

But it doesn’t stop there.
Dodson now has a
-Facebook page (with 90,000 friends),
-a Twitter account (with nearly 5,000 followers),
and his own
-personal website.
Oh, and his own
-YouTube channel.
He’s taking donations on the site via PayPal,
and is also selling T-shirts containing
some of the more memorable quotes from his interview.
This is clearly a man that has fully embraced his unexpected fame.

Spoofs, covers, and ripoffs are popping up all over YouTube.
There’s even a college marching band
that uploaded a video to YouTube
of them practicing an arrangement of the Bed Intruder Song.
Where will this meme go next?

Antoine Dodson Fan Q&A;

I’m fairly impressed with Mr. Dodson’s attitude.
I think it’s safe to say that many of us
would have been mortified if a video of us
behaving that way went viral—of course,
many of us would never behave that way in
front of a TV news camera, but I digress.
But instead of shrinking away from
the limelight out of embarrassment,
Dodson has embraced it… maybe even encouraged it.
I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that
the Gregory Brothers—or someone like
them—have been giving Dodson some free advice
on how to leverage the fifteen minutes of fame
to turn it into something more.
He could easily have hidden away from the attention,
and who could blame him if he had?

I think it’s refreshing that in this day
and age where everyone’s embracing video marketing,
where more and more companies and individuals
are trying hard to go viral,
we can still have viral stars that reach
their fame in a completely organic way.
There was no forethought or planning on Dodson’s part.
He just reacted to the foiled attack on
his family member in a way that was memorable…
and the rest of the “viral” action happened on its own.
He didn’t hire any video marketers to seed the video with views.
He didn’t even make the video himself, for Pete’s sake.

This is a wholly natural viral phenomenon—something
that is becoming increasingly rare–and Dodson is a true viral star.
It’s nice when something this organic comes along
to remind us why we started doing this sort of thing in the first place.


Bed Intruder soundboard iPhone app

You should
pick up the FREE Bed Intruder soundboard app
if you’ve got an iPhone.

Related links;
Gregory Brothers of ‘Bed Intruder’ Fame Discuss TV Pilot, Antoine Dodson
Overnight internet sensation Antoine Dodson reacts to new-found fame
Antoine Dodsons Facebook
Antoine Dodsons Twitter
Antoine Dodsons website.
Antoine Dodsons YouTube channel
Bed Intruder MP3
Gregory Brothers; Auto-Tune the News (YouTube show)
Weekend fun part 1; Real People With Star Wars -Like Names
Weekend fun part 2; The angry conductor
Weekend fun part 3; Revok is very remorseful
Weekend fun part 4; Product placement
Weekend fun part 5; Jean Claude Van Damme´s scene in Breakin´
Weekend fun part 6; Lorenzo Lamas AKA Chilly D in Body Rock (1984)
Weekend fun part 7; This or that? (Black Sheep KIA Soul commercial)
Weekend fun part 8; Kermit the Frog and Cookie Monster Learn How to Rap
Weekend fun part 9; Darth Vader & Yoda recording voices for TomTom GPS devices
Weekend fun part 10; Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog mocks Star Wars fans.
Weekend fun part 11; Star Wars meets Gangster Rap
Weekend fun part 12; Jabba the fucking HAT!
Weekend fun part 13;
Classic Robot Chicken
(Arkhum Asylum Shawshank Redemption/Batman & Joker)

Weekend fun part 14;
All of Chewbacca's Dialogue from "Star Wars" by Doug Savage

Weekend fun part 15;
Antoine Dodson and his Bed Intruder song

Weekend fun part 16;
If your teacher corrected graffiti (Reas AOK/RIS)

Weekend fun part 17; Tauntaun Sleeping Bag
Weekend fun part 18; Star Wars Halloween costumes
Weekend fun part 19; LEGO® Star Wars™: Bombad Bounty
Weekend fun part 20; Vanilla Ice says...
Weekend fun part 21; Dogs That Look Like Chewbacca
Weekend fun part 22;
Kenny Keil’s; rappers who need to be seen in a comic book

Weekend fun part 23; Kanye West's Most Ridiculous On-Air Moments
Weekend fun part 24; “Family Guy: It’s A Trap!”
Weekend fun part 25; El Barto will never stop writing

Have a nice weekend ;)

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