Kevin Antoine Dodson (born June 27, 1986) is an American Internet celebrity, singer, and actor. In 2010, while a resident of the Lincoln Park housing project in Huntsville, Alabama, he gave an interview on local television news prompted by the report of a house intrusion and attempted rape of his sister, Kelly Dodson. The interview became an Internet sensation and resulted in an Auto-Tuned song by The Gregory Brothers that has sold thousands of copies on iTunes and appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
The video of the interview caught attention because of the passionate and flamboyant style of his delivery, speaking directly to the camera, in which he directly addressed his neighborhood’s residents as well as the attempted rapist, and his use of street vernacular. The reactions were mixed. Some local viewers phoned the TV station to complain that interviews with people such as Antoine Dodson reflected poorly on the community, whereupon the station defended broadcasting the interview by stating that censoring such people is “far worse.” Jonathan Capehart, editorial page writer for The Washington Post, wrote that Antoine Dodson became an instant Internet sensation because “in this age of fake reality TV, he puts the real in reality,” to which he later added that Dodson “is one of the strongest people we’ve seen in a while.”
Antoine Dodson vs. Bed Intruder
The video of Dodson’s television interview went viral and then inspired several musical remixes, including a video by musical group The Gregory Brothers, known as the “Bed Intruder Song.” The song was a huge success and eventually reached number 89 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.
Bed Intruder Song