Brother of sex assault victim launches bizarre rant at attacker - and becomes huge YouTube hit
Last updated at 7:47 AM on 17th August 2010
The furious brother of a sex assault victim has taken the internet by storm after his rant against the attacker was set to music and posted on YouTube.
Antoine Dodson, who lives in the impoverished neighbourhood of Lincoln Park in Alabama, U.S., unleashed a comical tirade at a local news reporter which has since been turned into song by a New York duo.
It has attracted more than 30million hits on YouTube - and given Dobson a new career.
Reaction to the video has earned the flamboyant 24-year-old a deal with computer giant Apple, as well as countless other lucrative advertising offers.
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Rant: Antoine Dodson is an internet sensation after his interview with local TV in Alabama was remixed into a hit song
But while the original interview whipped up a frenzy of interest online, it was ramped up to stratospheric levels with the release of a parody song Bed Intruder by The Gregory Brothers who run a popular YouTube channel, AutoTune The News.
Available to buy for less than £1, the song, dubbed the 'hit from the projects', broke into the overall top 25 iTunes singles of the week. The Gregory Brothers - Evan, Andrew, Michael and Evan's wife Sarah - are splitting the revenue 50/50, with Dodson credited as co-writer.
Celebrity: Dodson as he appears on his Facebook fan site. He has also created a website and Twitter page
The internet star's newly created official website calls on people to 'Help the Dodson family out' by donating money to their cause.
Merchandise emblazoned with some of Dodson's catchphrases like 'Hide yo kids, wife' and 'Run and tell dat homeboy' have already gone on sale through antoine-dodson.com.
It was confirmed this weekend that The Gregory Brothers, who created the song, have a deal in place with U.S. cable television channel Comedy Central for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of their YouTube videos.
Michael Gregory said: 'We're really having fun with it. We've been musicians and composers for a long time in different genres. For me, this was just a new, novel way to make music that hasn't really been done before, and I'm loving doing it.'
The group encouraged other users to produce their own versions of the song, and several thousand have already obliged.
During the original interview Dodson said: 'He's climbing in your windows, he's snatching your people up, trying to rape them; so y'all need to hide yo kids, hide yo wife and hide yo husband, because they're raping err'body out here.'
And then addressing the attack directly, he added: 'You don't have to come and confess that you did it, we looking for you. We gon find you, I'm letting you know that. So you can run and tell that. Homeboy.'
Speaking though his blog, Dodson said last week: 'You made me who I am today and for that I will for ever be in your debt. Once again I say thank you from me and on behalf of my entire family. I love you guys so much.
'You have given me this opportunity to shine so dammit, I'm going to shine.'
The perpetrator is yet to be caught.
The original interview
And the remix....
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