“Bed Intruder” video star, turned auto-tuned, viral video star, Antoine Dodson, is back. If I’m still not ringing a bell, the phrase “hide ya kids, hide ya wife” may jog your memory. Anyhow, I’ve been following Antoine closely since he became a star in the summer of 2010. I’ve been rooting for him and his new weave and his relocation out of the projects. But I must say, I’m very disappointed in his choice to continue to dine at Chick-fil-A, even though the chain’s owner, Dan Cathy, recently went public with the company’s anti-gay marriage stance. Understandably, this angered the gay community, proud allies, and the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco (sadly Mayor Bloomberg whimped out). Gay activists have called for a ban of the restaurant, which I am personally subscribing to.
But the star, who is openly gay, released a video explaining his stance on the Chick-fil-A gaffe, saying, “I have uncles and aunties as well who does not approve of gay marriages and stuff like that, but they respect me. I don’t care about one person’s opinion or how they feel — that’s fine. Chick-fil-A makes good meals, and I eat there … If I want to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich, guess what? I’m gonna have a Chick-fil-A sandwich … You KNOW the waffle fries is banging. Especially if they’re hot.” As you can imagine, his argument (if you can call it that) didn’t go over very well, so Antoine made a follow up video, further explaining his point of view.
He seems to define gay rights as being able to “go anywhere in the US and buy a house, buy a car, do this, do that, take chips, whatever.” What does it mean to take chips? Anyhow, included in those rights, he believes, is his privilege to travel to another state if he wishes to marry. He claims his patronage of Chick-fil-A will support the hard workers in the kitchen just trying to make a buck. Dodson says the people at the restaurant are sweet, and even though the fries aren’t always hot, he wouldn’t fault them.
I want to shake him and explain that the point is to get the rights to come to you so that you don’t have to go elsewhere to enjoy them. And also, no, your homophobic uncles and aunties don’t actually respect you if they don’t believe you deserve all the same rights as them. And finally, if you continue to eat those banging waffle fries you are endorsing those beliefs, not just accepting that other people won’t always agree with you. Come on, Antoine! You need to get it together!