Run and tell that: Overnight web sensation reacts to newfound fame - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Run and tell that: Overnight web sensation reacts to newfound fame

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Chances are you've heard about an Alabama man named Antoine Dodson. He's the outlandish, outrageous man who was interviewed last month after someone broke into his home and tried to rape his sister. His rant on television about the incident has now taken the media by storm.

"He's climbing in your windows, he's snatchin' your people up trying to rape 'em," Dodson said. "So you need to hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your husband cause they rapin' everybody out here."

"You don't have to confess you did it," Dodson continued. "We're all lookin' for you. We gonna find you. I'm letting you know now so you can run and tell that, homeboy."

The Dodsons' story became an instant Internet sensation. Antoine Dodson now has a Facebook fan page, a T-shirt line and even a ring tone.

Some viewers question the decision to let Antoine and his sister tell their story, but no one could have anticipated this kind of attention. The Dodsons welcomed the news crew on their property and approached us to do an interview.

Some do not agree with what Dodson said in his interview, but the Dodsons are victims. Like any victim, they have the right to speak out.

Within minutes of the story airing, it became a viral Internet sensation, taking over popular sites like Facebook and YouTube. There's a rap version of Dodson's interview and now a ring tone clip.

So how does Dodson feel about his newfound fame? "I know I am so glad because I feel like I belong to someone's TV," he said.

Dodson says the situation he and his family went through was terrifying. He said he was angry the day he went on camera, but says he did it to warn his neighbors.

He's much more calm now, but says he has no regrets. "What people fail to realize is, we don't run around crying acting sad. We dust our shoulders off and keep on moving," said Dodson.

Antoine and his family are scared to stay at their apartment at night. The attack has left his sister worried for their safety.

Antoine says he didn't do the interview to become a household name -- he did it to help try and catch his sister's attacker.

"Pretty much I'm going to be beat his [expletive] and then I'm going to call the police while I'm beating his [expletive]. I want you to feel what my sister feel when you came into her room," said Dodson.

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