Last year, Antoine Dodson became an online sensation after a Chicago news station segment he appeared in was “auto tuned” and quickly became incredibly popular. Dodson has been jailed for the second time this year.
Viral video star cannot stay out of legal trouble
Last year, a viral video titled “Bed Intruder” was all the rage for a time. The video was made by The Gregory Brothers, according to the Daily Mail, who regularly release news footage that has been “auto tuned.” Auto-Tune is a computer program that can digitally turn speech into singing by pitch-correcting words to fit musical notes programmed by the user. The Gregory Brothers occasionally release videos of news footage that has been auto tuned so it appears to be a music video; it’s called “Auto Tune the News.” Copycats have also followed suit.
Dodson was interviewed in 2010 by a Chicago news station, about an intruder who attempted to rape his sister. His response, in which he advised “Hide your kids; hide your wife,” was auto tuned and turned into the “Bed Intruder” song. In April, Dodson was arrested for possession of marijuana in Alabama. He has just been arrested again for playing music too loudly in his car, driving without insurance, speeding and failure to appear.
Not the only troubled viral video star
Earlier this year, a man named Ted Williams shot to internet fame when he was interviewed by an Ohio news station. Williams had a deep, sonorous voice that seemed perfect for radio announcements or voice-overs. The news segment about the “homeless man with the golden voice” was aired on Jan. 3 of this year, according to Wikipedia, and by Jan. 5, he had been offered a job as an announcer by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, he relapsed into drinking. From mid-January to May, he checked in and then out of at least two different rehabilitation facilities. He recently appeared on the “Dr. Phil Show” and said he was back in rehab. His job offer from the Cavaliers has been rescinded.
Internet video fame a mixed blessing
Earlier this month, a video went viral featuring Starbucks barista Christopher Cristwell playing guitar and singing a song he wrote about working at Starbucks, according to the Silicon Valley-Mercury News. He lamented many of the working conditions at Starbucks, which was not the company’s cup of tea. Starbucks fired him.
According to CBS, video footage of Jennelle Evans in a fistfight with two other young women went viral. Evans was already known publicly for appearing in MTV’s reality television show “Teen Mom 2.” The video got her convicted on Sept. 9 of misdemeanor assault. She received 12 hours of community service, a $100 fine and one year’s probation. Her attorney told her it was the first time he was happy to lose a trial.
Paul “Bear” Vasquez became a viral video star on the back of his “double rainbow” video in 2010, where he reacts to a “double rainbow” seen after a rainstorm. Vasquez parlayed this into starting a mixed martial arts career, but lost his only match via submission, according to Sherdog.com.
Auto-tuned ‘Bed Intruder’
Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2042145/Bed-intruder-YouTube-sensation-Antoine-Dodson-arrested-marijuana–blasting-music.html
Ted Williams on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Williams_%28voice-over_artist%29
Silicon Valley-Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18953332
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