Talk about making lemonade out of lemons…

Only thing I can say to this is, God bless America:

Antoine Dodson’s angry, head-shaking TV interview about an attempted rape against his younger sister in her bed has turned into a chart-topping iTunes song and YouTube hit and made the 24-year-old Alabama college student an Internet sensation.

Dodson plans to use the money from the “Bed Intruder Song” selling for $1.29 a download and T-shirt sales to move his family out of the Lincoln Park housing project where they say the attack happened. But in an era when a viral video clip can rocket anyone to stardom, some suggest that Dodson and his family are being used and that his online rant plays to racial stereotypes.

Wow, I for one never would have expected that. It’s only right that Antoine Dodson get the money from the song made out of his TV rant, of course, but  I don’t know if I’d agree about the “playing to racial stereotypes” thing. We all have different ways of expressing ourselves. If that was a family member of mine that had gotten raped I’d be spewing all kinds of vitriol — if, of course, said rapist managed to not die of his sucking chest and head wounds. I do hope Mr. Dodson buys himself a good-quality firearm to protect his family with, though — and stays the hell out of Chicago. (Like I told my wife one night, “I’m sure parts of Chicago are really nice. Of course, I’m sure parts of Tehran are really nice too…”)

Now that I think about it, though, isn’t it ironic that people are concerned about racial stereotypes here but (as far as I can tell) never said much of anything about another, much more direct play on a racial stereotype?

UPDATE! Thanks to Dave at Silver Creek 78250 for posting this:
http://www.youtube.com/v/VKsVSBhSwJg&border=1&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1

It strikes me as relatively tame, at least as far as playing to any racial stereotypes. Pretty cool. I got a huge kick out of it. πŸ˜‰

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One Response to “Talk about making lemonade out of lemons…”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Mike W. (76.161.43.93)
    “some suggest that Dodson and his family are being used and that his online rant plays to racial stereotypes.”

    Who the fuck cares? He’s making money and using it to help himself and his family, so whether it plays into racial stereotypes is irrelevant. It’s good, clean capitalism. Good for Dodson.
    August 31, 2010, 8:32:01 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Sabra (71.21.100.23)
    I grew up on the East Side, so it sounds like home to me. You still haven’t heard me go ghetto yet, but if the neighbors keep it up…
    August 31, 2010, 10:31:51 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Boomer Lad (207.235.20.43)
    Lincoln Park housing projects are some of the nicer in Chicago. They actually tore down some of the worst ones, finally.
    August 31, 2010, 2:57:39 PM CDT

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