The smarts and strength of Antoine Dodson
Someone sent me a Tweet asking a good question: Have Huntsville, Ala., authorities found “the idiot in the projects” who climbed through a window and into bed with Antoine Dodson’s sister and tried to rape her? I didn't know the answer, so I did some hunting around. Turns out, no, the perp who inspired the bed intruder song is still at large.
But 24-year-old Dodson, who has had more costume changes than Diana Ross at Super Bowl XXX has proven to be very wise. He hired a lawyer. And now he's made a deal with iTunes and his Web site is promoting Antoine Dodson merch, with his "trademarked catch phrases," such as "hide yo kids, hide yo wife." He also hasn't been shy about asking for donations. As a result, Dodson announced in an interview, "It was enough [money] to move my family from the projects." I love good stories like this.
My hunting also turned up this utterly charming Q&A that Dodson did for his fans.
Dodson’s gratitude and humility are endearing. My favorite response is the one directed to a woman who asked if Dodson would marry her. “How big is the ring?” he asks with a laugh and a smile. And to a personal question that he didn’t need to answer but graciously does: “Am I bi? No. Am I gay? Yes,” he says, with a “what you think?” cock of the eyebrow.
I highlight Dodson’s answer and show the pictures of him above to make a larger point. To go there, if you will. The photos present an image of a flamboyant punching bag, rhetorically and physically speaking. But when you consider that Dodson is an openly gay black man (who was) living in the projects in the deep south -- far from the cushy gay enclaves of Chelsea, Dupont Circle and West Hollywood -- you soon realize that he is one of the strongest people we’ve seen in a while. That Dodson can deal with the slights -- real and perceived -- that may come his way and still keep his head held high and a smile on his face despite the challenges he and his family faced is proof that he possesses an inner strength that is worthy of awe and respect.
| August 19, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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