'Bed Intruder' songster turning fame into a future

'Bed Intruder' songster turning fame into a future

Published August 31, 2010

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Antoine Dodson's angry, head-shaking TV interview about a rape attempt against his younger sister in her bed has turned into an iTunes chart-topping song.

The song plays off many of his lines, including: "Y'all need to hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your husband, 'cause they raping everybody out here."

In the first 2 1/2 weeks of sales, the song selling for $1.29 had about 60,000 downloads and at least 25 million views on YouTube. The musicians who put it together are splitting the proceeds with the 24-year-old Dodson.

He says he plans to use the money to move his family out of public housing in Huntsville, Ala.

Still, some suggest that the college student and his family are being exploited and that his online rant plays to African-American stereotypes.

Written by ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press Writer


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