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'Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife' Report: Racist or Funny?

News 2010/08/06 18:00:00
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Alabama local news occasionally highlights the uncomfortable and sometimes undefinable balance between race and unintentional comedy.

In the latest, a Huntsville station reporting on an attempted rape interviewed the victim's brother, Antoine Dodson. Mixing understandable anger with a dash of flamboyance, Dodson, who scared the would-be rapist away, said the following:

“Well, obviously, we have a rapist in Lincoln Park. He’s climbing in your windows, he’s snatching your people up, trying to rape them, so you need to hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your husband, because they’re raping everybody out here.”

It's not so much what he said, but the way he said it that has touched a nerve of both outrage and humor:

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The news program, which has become a viral video hit, prompted strong reactions from some viewers who felt it pandered to stereotypes of young, poor African-Americans.

“Some have contacted our newsroom saying that interviews with people like Antoine reflect poorly on the community. To that I say censoring people like Antoine is far worse," explained Elizabeth Gentle who reported the story.

While others found comedy gold in the form of remixes (see below),



Dodson himself has since set up both a Website asking for people to donate to his family and a Twitter account with nearly 700 followers.

This is not the only odd, and comedic example of Alabama news judgement. A few years ago, a segment focused on the sighting of a leprechaun in Mobile...Yes, a leprechaun.



Are these news segments exploiting a minority? Or should comedy be colorblind?

'Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife' Report: Racist or Damn Funny?

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  • Raymond Pistachio 2011/10/05 05:12:11
  • tony 2011/03/15 16:10:21
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    tony
    lol hide your kids
  • Andrea 2011/02/02 14:09:03
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    Andrea
    I am glad something good came out of the situation, I'm sure that poor girl was terrified! I hope they catch the guy.
  • tony Andrea 2011/04/15 18:22:39
    tony
    me to..............................
  • drake 2010/11/15 17:08:26
  • stef 2010/11/08 00:47:51
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    stef
    are we really poking that bear yet AGAIN?!?!?!?!!? Why, oh, WHY, when racism isn't an issue, or even brought up, is there always some sh!t-stirrer trying to cause a problem towards that end? Every time so-called 'racism' tries to die, it keeps on getting dug up again. It's funny, Antoine is funny, and adorable, he has no problem w/ this, so who in their right mind would want to suggest this tired old cliche? (which, btw, exists across the board - there is no one safe from it, so the best thing to do is let it alone)
  • Brandon Potter 2010/11/06 21:01:17
  • carra judy 2010/11/05 21:07:32
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    carra judy
    I LOVE THIS VIDEO well excpt the racist part
  • MeganUncapher 2010/11/01 21:49:21
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    MeganUncapher
    I think all of you need to chill out.
  • 99vodkas 2010/10/28 03:41:58
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    99vodkas
    You know what's hilarious? Some of these comments... So many of you people are idiots. First of all you morons don't understand anything, secondly you are all retarded, third you are really dumb, you are so dumb for real! It's a funny video, I think if ANYONE answered the way Antoine did (regardless of race) the outcome would have been the same because the content of WHAT he's saying is completely comical. So all of you who are getting bent out of shape over this, go get a life.
  • BriaunnaThornton 2010/10/21 05:28:13
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    BriaunnaThornton
    Right lol
  • TracyCrist 2010/10/19 00:21:09
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    TracyCrist
    +1
    There is nothing racist about any of it. He is the one who made the comments and is feeding off of the media attention he is receiving from it. How is that racist? Those of you who believe it is racist are the only ones who are playing on race is an aspect of this video. Get over your bed wetting liberal issues and stop screaming RACIST everytime a black person is involved in something
  • Helena 2010/10/12 22:41:43
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    Helena
    Haven't you seen his interview? They had his permission to put it to music, he and his family love the song, they have it as their ring tones, and they are raising money from the iTunes sales for a new house.
  • dylan smith 2010/10/12 13:52:00
  • justin 2010/10/10 15:19:30
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    justin
    how does any one think this is racist? Its not like its staged its a true news cast why do all of you think everything is racist. Its not white peoples fault that one of yal gets a camera in his face and shows his true color.;)
  • kayla dunaway 2010/09/17 14:03:38
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    kayla dunaway
    this is a funny ass video!!!! yall are crazy to think its raciest!!!
  • frazierkid2 2010/09/11 19:01:43
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    frazierkid2
    if you think this is racist then youre clearly yourself on the prejudiced side. this is just a newsteam getting the opinion of an eyewitness who had a direct part in the goings on of the attack. regardless of race or color, it is simply just the news. newsrooms all over the country interview people who dont sound intelligent on an almost daily basis. be they white, black, asian, hispanic, whatever, they all sound equally as stupid as anyone from another race. so all of you hypocrites can hop on your own racist ponies and ride, but as for anyone with half a brain, you'll understand that this is newscasting (be it at its low point) and move on with your lives
  • Boo 2010/09/07 23:50:22
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    Boo
    +1
    how is it racist? he is from the same place isn't he? how can you be racist against your own kind in a truthful manner....
  • rlm Boo 2010/09/10 23:59:26
    rlm
    +3
    I think "racist" refers to the news channel's choosing to show Antoine on television because he is (wittingly or not) playing into a negative stereotype of black people in this country. (That being that black people are anxious to get on television and once they get there, they act either belligerent and flamboyant.) I, for one, think he was being genuine and he was angry (as he certainly should have been) and that anyone (black or white) who chooses to look down on him because of his delivery (is incredibly shallow) should seriously take a step back and look at the underlying situation. This was a terrifying event and he was doing everything in his power to protect his family.
  • Helena rlm 2010/10/12 22:43:12
    Helena
    +6
    Censoring him would have been racist.
  • Andrea rlm 2011/02/02 14:12:25
  • jschemm 2010/09/07 14:57:48
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    jschemm
    Racist Not at all. Stupid is stupid not matter what race you are. If this story happened in the hills of West Virginia and we were laughing at some redneck would that be racist? Let me answer no because he would be white. Stop looking at color and enjoy the stupidity of the ignorant.
  • Acton420® 2010/09/01 03:40:05
    This video is totally racist.
    Acton420®
    +3
    This is not racist.
  • KeithGagner 2010/08/28 18:25:54
    This video is totally racist.
    KeithGagner
    +4
    I can't believe some of he posts here. Calling Antoine a sissy? A bad reflection of the community? And stating that this news report is racist?

    Well that so-called "sissy" was able to scare off a violent sexual predator.

    He is not the bad reflection on the community, the rapist is a bad reflection.

    And any person who believes that a public statement warning the community that there is a dangerous sex offender attempting to rape people is racist, really needs to reconsider his or her definition of racism.
  • Boo KeithGa... 2010/09/07 23:52:08
    Boo
    +3
    you voted racist dumbass we can see your answer...
  • Rebecca... Boo 2011/10/01 00:02:10
    RebeccaSmith
    LMAO !!! XD XD XD KeithGagner beez on the DL
  • funkmaster 2010/08/27 15:38:17 (edited)
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    funkmaster
    +2
    Racist? Good god, we are such a moronic country we are inventing things to get bent out of shape about. He is a flamboyant, outspoken hero of a bad situation. HE SAID THOSE THINGS. How is showing what he said about something that happened to him in his house racist? Censoring him would be racist! Sometimes I feel like we need to go back in time to see what something racist really is.
  • John 2010/08/22 19:24:34
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    John
    RACIST??!??!?! RACIST??!?!?!?!? theyre clearling making fun of the way he said it, and no insult inteded hes probably gay. maybe not. That is suggested by his actions and the effeminated way he speaks. Please stop it there, black happens to be the color of his skin, period. anybody has the right to comment on that (and they might be wrong, cause guess what they dont know the dude) but who he is is HIS PROBLEM, not anybody else's or his damn community that he is a part of (saying he reflects poorly on them.. they should be ashamed to have such comments when the news of the day is that somebody tried to rape his sister..)
  • Rebecca... John 2011/10/01 00:00:05
    RebeccaSmith
    Dude is SO gay it makes me giggle, come on man. There's nothing wrong with pointing that out if he wants to be flamingly gay, which he is, and that made it even more funny.
  • vanessa 2010/08/16 04:24:20
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    vanessa
    +2
    Not racist, just funny as hell!
    and i'm black..

    This would be funny regardless of who it was, a ghetto black guy or some country redneck.
  • Jaime vanessa 2010/09/12 00:02:58
    Jaime
    +3
    agreed.
  • DeborahLakeHelen 2010/08/10 20:42:06
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    DeborahLakeHelen
    +1
    The heinous act that was committed is NO laughing matter, but I'm sorry, that remix was just too stinkin' funny not to put my fanny into hysterics!
  • American 2010/08/08 07:23:46
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    American
    +1
    How the efff is this racist! The clan is not in the picture spurring hate. They interviewed the people involved, and it comes off kinda funny. Stop pulling the race card every time whites are involved, It's getting real old. It's not helping to get past the America of old. You want to help- go to these neighborhoods AND HELP TO EDUCATE!!!! Screaming racist all time just divides us more.
  • Karen 2010/08/08 07:04:23
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    Karen
    It was hilarious...good way to unite everyone so we can all laugh. Yes it's sad that there is a rapist involved, but Antoine Dodson said "we gone find you, wegone find you!" lol
  • REFUSENICK1967 2010/08/07 17:55:06
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    REFUSENICK1967
    Yes i think it was 100%
  • Telaphone!!!! 2010/08/07 17:18:42
    This video is totally racist.
    Telaphone!!!!
    but fummie as hell!!!!!!!!!!
  • Always.Bored :P 2010/08/07 16:56:40
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    Always.Bored :P
    Rape isn't funny.
    But the victim's brother is .
  • DANNY_B0i♛ 2010/08/07 16:37:28
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    DANNY_B0i♛
    haha this guy is just funny i dont get how at all its racist. he is just sayin he is gonna find the rapist.
  • Papillon 2010/08/07 16:34:36
  • Frank 2010/08/07 16:13:25
    Though attempted rape is not humorous, you can't help but laugh at Antoine Do...
    Frank
    I can't believe someone is attempting rape in the projects. Maybe Obama can change the projects, he did say he wanted change.
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