Loyal reader, Craig T, who is a law enforcement officer, wrote in to say he is all for Antoine Dodson's right to address his sister's attacker on the television news.
I am a veteran law enforcement officer. I to saw the video when it aired on our local left slanted news agency. It tickled my heart, not because the victim's brother was flamboyant in his speech, but because the reporter actually let a citizen speak directly to the suspect via news media. He actually shared the same sentiment as many morally conservative citizens. "Listen to the messege and stop looking at the skin tone of the speaker." I would tell that to anyone smirking or distracted by this man's position in our society. Thanks, be safe and have a good weekend.
If you recall, Dodson is the man who appeared on a local news broadcast and verbally threatened his sister Kelly's attempted rapist, an unknown assailant who crawled in her 2nd floor window and got into bed with her.
Dodson, a hair stylist by trade, fought off his sister's attacker who fled into the night. The man has never been caught.
The news station in Huntsville, Alabama defended its decision to air the controversial footage, which some say puts gay men in a bad light. Despite the serious criminal nature of the news segment, the video went viral on YouTube garnering over 16 million views, and Dodson became something of a minor celebrity with an appearance on the Today Show.
The siblings' ordeal was made into a song. The "Bed Intruder Song" has landed at #35 with 30,000 downloads on iTunes and hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song's writer has shared co-writing credits with Dodson and Kelly and they will receive 50% of the profits.
Dodson has launched an internet website where he sells t-shirts printed with his catchy phrases.
"It was a sad beginning," Dodson's sister Kelly told Billboard.com, "but it's a good ending."