Shira Lazar interviews unlikely "Bed Intruder" star Antoine Dobson.
LOS ANGELES (CBS) Antoine Dodson from Huntsville, Ala., is one of the latest memes to come out of YouTube. After being interviewed by a local news station on July 29 about his sister, who was attacked by a home intruder, the video began to trickle into the blogosphere.
Dodson's raw emotionality has had a lot of different interpretations. Some people were amused by the way he described what happened, some were drawn in by his intensity and his new fans - who he says are rape victims themselves - related to to his reaction towards the circumstances. In their eyes, he became a sort of hero for speaking out and now making something positive of this situation for him and his family.
He told me over Skype, "At the time, I didn't really care because I was so angry. I didn't want what I said to be swept under the rug so I felt like I should just put it out there like it really was."
THE ORIGINAL NEWS CLIP
However, it was the auto-tune and remix of the interview done by YouTube stars, the Gregory Brothers, aka "Auto-Tune The News" called, "Bed Intruder Song," that threw Dodson into this new sort of Internet celebrity.
THE AUTO-TUNE HIT
Clearly this was a horrible incident, and yet the comedic musical version of this has been viewed over 10 millions times and became a top downloaded song on iTunes.
While Dodson couldn't be happier about his new found fame - he says he is now using it to get his family out of the projects - he told me the attention did bother him at first. But after a while when he started seeing other people doing stuff with it, "a blessing came out of a bad situation, a blessing in disguise," he said.
Like many, Dodson is hoping to take his 15 seconds of celebrity and turn it into a greater opportunity. "I just want to be the voice of people who are going through similar situations that have gotten their case swept under the rug," he says. "Most of my fans are victims of rape and molestation and they reach out to me anyway so I just talk to them and comfort them. I try to tell them the ways that I dealt with it because I'm a rape victim myself."
Dodson has a 50/50 revenue split with The Gregory Brothers for their song on iTunes. And he has begun selling t-shirts and asking for people to donate on his site. That money will go to helping his family buy a new home and a foundation for juvenile diabetes, which both his sister and mother have.
"It has been great working with Antoine," The Gregory Brothers wrote me over email. "And we couldn't be happier that some positive change has come about for Antoine and Kelly as a result of this terrible situation."
In the meantime, he continues to remain one of the most memorable of our accidental dot com stars. And if you're wondering, he also told me they have yet to find the rapist.
For more info check out his official site: http://www.antoine-dodson.com/
Or his Facebook fan page