The Full Story: Few viral videos are quite as joyously embraced as the "Bed Intruder Song." On July 28, 24-year-old Antoine Dodson gave an animated interview to a local Huntsville, Ala., news crew about the would-be rapist he chased out of his sister's room. "Hide your kids," he said directly to the camera, "hide your wife, and hide your husband, 'cause they rapin' everybody out here." Dodson's flamboyance sent the interview itself viral within a single day, and by July 31, the Gregory Brothers -- already Internet stars with their "Autotune the News" segments -- brought their pitch-correction software to Dodson's interview to make the "Bed Intruder Song." It was by far their biggest hit, with more than 45 million hits on YouTube and 100,000 copies sold on iTunes.
What's Happened Since? The "Bed Intruder Song" exploded in popularity. It hit No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100; members of such musical outfits as Paramore, New Found Glory and Reliant K recorded a punk-rock cover; and by mid-September -- only 50 days after someone tried to rape his sister -- the song made him enough money to buy his family a house outside the projects. It also culminated in one of the most surreal moments of the year: In October, Dodson was invited to sing "Bed Intruder Song" live at the 2010 BET Awards and found himself performing a computerized version of his own distraught voice, while the music and movie stars in the audience sang along. Then, just in time for Christmas, he gave the world this auto-tuned gift: "Chimney Intruder."
In His Own Words: Dodson has no intention of letting fame pass him by. "You can expect to see a lot of me on TV," he told AOL News cryptically in August. When asked by The Root about his future, he replied, "I plan to do a lot of things. I want to be everywhere. I want to get into the music industry. I want to be the voice of the people. Most of my fans are rape victims who are scared to talk about it." He's told The Root he wants to be an advocate for gay rights and rape victims, and he told Us magazine that he wants to open a salon or a hotel.
Dodson says he's no longer the same man who appeared in that famous interview. "At the time, I was very angry," he told AOL News. "It was just a couple of hours after my sister was attacked. Today I'm cool, laid back, relaxed. I haven't been that angry person since that clip."
Video: "Bed Intruder Song"
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