Antoine Dodson: Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wife!
On July 28, 2010, an NBC reporter interviewed Kevin Antoine Dodson after an impostor attempted to rape his sister in her apartment in the Lincoln Park housing projects in Huntsville, Alabama. This interview caught the attention of thousands of viewers who were drawn to Dodson’s passionate and amusing message addressing the rapist whom attempted to rape his sister as well as the neighborhood residents. Although the initial video (attached below) received extremely mixed reactions, it instantly became an Internet sensation turning Antoine Dodson into a renowned Internet celebrity.
Once the video of the interview went viral, it became an inspiration for several musical remixes, including popular auto-tuned remixes, which had also been a popular fad at the time. The popularity of the remixes grew exponentially and one remix titled “Bed Intruder Song” even reached to number 89 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list. The Billboarded song further inspirited covers of big time artists such as Paramore and Relient K.
This Internet video even inspired the creation of several Internet “memes” and other merchandise with the popular phrase from the interview: “Hide yo kids, hide yo wife.”
Although it’s popularity peaked a week or so after its initial release, Dodson’s interview on the Today Show a month later still gained a large amount of attention from the public interest. A month after the discovery of this Internet celebrity the original video had been viewed more than 16 million times and today has more than 56 million views while the song video has gained more than 118 million views to this day.