rape to riches

What Internet Success Has Done For ‘Hide Your Husband’ Alarm Sounder Antoine Dodson

Alabama’s Antoine Dodson became an Internet phenom when, speaking to news cameras following an attempted rape attack on his sister Kelly , his line “hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband ’cause they’re raping everybody out here” went viral. Now he’s got a Billboard Top 100 track and a merchandising deal.

His YouTube video has been seen more than 4 million times, and the attention scored by Dodson, who is gay, has turned into a lucrative enough T-shirt (and “click to donate”) business that he’s earned “enough to move my family from the projects.”

Of course not everybody is so impressed with Dodson. Apparently he’s too queeny for some.

In a report on Mr. Dodson’s sudden Internet fame, the Huntsville television station that first put him before the public reported that some African-American viewers had called to complain that “interviews with people like Antoine reflects poorly on the community.” Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post wrote that he understood that reaction, since “Dodson’s cringe-inducing performance was something I — and whole bunch of other folks — thought only existed in the comedic minds of Eddie Murphy and Tyler Perry.”

We’re all aware that this is also a story about a woman almost being raped, right?