World Wide Hilarity: Snatchin’ Up Fame

“He’s climbin’ in yo windows….” You know the rest. We ALL do.

The  “Bed Intruder Song,” as we have affectionately come to know it, took the web, our campus and the nation by storm.  All it took for stardom and a Billboard placement? Auto tune and an unmatched personality.

According to, “Bed Intruder Song came about after a news clip surfaced of Antoine Dodson, a Huntsville, Ala. native, charismatically telling a reporter in rap-like fashion, He’s climbing in your windows, he’s snatching your people up, trying to rape ’em, so y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your husband, ’cause they’re raping everybody out here.”

After that fateful plea to err on the side of caution Dodson assumed the popularity throne in a fashion reminiscent of Susan Boyle. Though one thing is distinct between the two: Dodson had nothing to do with his sudden fame. That was all the work of YouTubers, the Gregory Brothers (the group that released the auto tune version and eventually developed a sound track) and the Internet.

The joke has run rampant. At the Best Buy Geek Squad station in Waco I saw the following: “Newest computer virus: It’s climbing in yo’ computer, snatchin’ yo files up.” The song is available on iTunes. You can even buy shirts!

Now, I mean this in the nicest way possible, but Dodson had no talent in the video. The fame was all thanks to auto tune and the web culture within our society. (Makes you wonder how some celebrities are considered talented)

Dodson’s tirade made it to the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 89.  The auto-tuned video has more than 19 million views.

Fifty percent of the profits the track makes by being available for download on iTunes will go to the Dodson family.

It is a feat that, unfortunately in a web culture, will be soon forgotten or one-upped. In a few months some poor soul will see the video, appreciate its hilarity and post it to their friend’s Facebook wall to then get the most disheartening response: “Dude, that is so old. You are just now seeing that?”

It’s safe to say the video has hit its peak and you would probably get the same response from people if you sent it out today. But, this whole situation brings to light a true oddity of the Internet that tells of the unique and unpredictable nature of the web. The Internet and its memes are not going anywhere. If you think they are you are so dumb, you are really dumb. For real.

– Nick


One Response

  1. best. post. ever.

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