Personally, I still don't find this story in the least bit funny, because what resonates with me is the fact that a woman was being raped. Antoine's sister, Kelly Dodson: "When I first seen it, I was very upset about it because they were taking it as a joke and I was feeling like they were not looking at the part where I was the victim."If Antoine wouldn't came in, I probably would be dead."
What's So Funny About Antoine Dodson?
by Tamara Winfrey Harris
One night, an intruder broke into the Huntsville, Alabama, home of Kelly Dodson and attempted to rape her. Her screams alerted her brother Antoine, who came to the rescue. The intruder escaped and in local news coverage of the incident, Antoine Dodson expressed his anger and issued a warning to the community. The resulting video of a young man frustrated by the violence in his community and his sister's near assault has reportedly generated more than 2 million hits, a Facebook page and a remix by Autotune and it is available on iTunes.
I agree with Baratunde Thurston of The Onion and Jack and Jill Politics, who is quoted in a recent NPR report: "As the remix took off, I became increasingly uncomfortable with its separation from the underlying situation. A woman was sexually assaulted and her brother was rightfully upset. People online seemed to be laughing at him and not with him (because he wasn't laughing), as Dodson fulfilled multiple stereotypes in one short news segment. Watching the wider Web jump on this meme, all but forgetting why Dodson was upset, seemed like a form of ‘class tourism.’ Folks with no exposure to the projects could dip their toes into YouTube and get a taste."
I say it is cultural tourism.[end]
Today Antoine is making lemonade out of the proverbial lemons and he is getting paid for the remix, t-shirts and other stuff. Antoine is doing so well, that I hear he and his family no longer live in the projects. At least Twan is getting paid, right? What of Kelly - how she doin?