Another year almost in the books and so many people had their 15 minutes of fame and used up every last second of it. Lawd have mercy, you must have loved fools. You made so many of them.
You have your professionals: Rush Limbaugh, Keith Olbermann, Glenn Beck. Ann Coulter, Bill O’ Reilly, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews. Sean Hannity.
You have your politicos: Rep. Joe Wilson. Rahm Emanuel, John McCain, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Sarah Palin, Rep. Joe Barton, Sharron Angle, Christine O’ Donnell, Alvin Greene, Rand Paul, Michael “fried chicken and potato salad” Steele, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Joe “this is a big fucking deal” Biden and some guy named “Barry Otero.”
You have a slew of others to choose from such as BP CEO Tony Hayward, Alvin Greene, Carl Paladino, Helen Thomas, Haley Barbour, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Kanye West, Andrew Breitbart, Charlie Rangel, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Bernie “fuck my victims!” Madoff, Queen Birther Beeyotch Orly Taitz and my personal cringe-worthy favorite, Antoine “they rapin’ everyone” Dodson.
I’m not saying Antoine was worst than Christine O’ Donnell who was trying to bring her dumbness to the Senate or Sarah Palin, a member for life of the Biggest Twits in the World Society or the Hitler and Stalin ravings of a Glenn Beck. Certainly Joe “You Lie!” Wilson takes White Men Behaving Badly to a new low. It’s that Dodson’s brand of dickery was particularly offensive in how much effort and enthusiasm he put into looking stupid as hell.
If you’re not Black there is no way you can understand what an eye-adverting, skin crawling embarrassment to the race Antoine Dodson is. Cashing in on attempted rape is really keeping it classy, Antoine, but hustlers gotta hustle. By the way, where’s your sister’s Billboard hit? She was nearly as ghetto as you.
It’s a personal call choice if you like Antoine’s antics. He plays a most convincing fool. Just like the way he played to the cameras in his over-the-top, buffoonish “ghetto fabulous” way.
Playing the fool for fun and profit and into the worst Black/gay stereotypes is quite an accomplishment. Flavor Flav must be sooooo jealous.
Dodson is just the You Tube version of what African-American TV reporters call the “hair roller Black folks.” Something happens, the TV news vans roll up and out jump the reporters who stick a mike under the mouth of the most ghetto, ignorant, mushmouth they can find standing there with pink hair rollers and droppin’ their “g’s” like mad.
Oh, I seen the whole thing. It was like, ‘DAMN, that one dude just was standin’ there and den this other dude rolled up and he shot the one dude in his face, like “BLAM!” and den he took off runnin’ and shootin’ and I was watchin’ House ’cause I loves House, he so funny and like dat and I was like “Holy Jesus! Holy Jesus! I can’ts believe it!
Every Black television reporter I know has had an Antoine Dodson moment and most try to avoid them like a sickness.
Dodson represents a hi-tech version of a played out meme: the Black buffoon who clowns himself for the amusement of others. It’s 21st century cooning.
All that’s missing is the burnt cork and ripe watermelon.
Props and respect to Monica Roberts for the idea of a Fool of the Year post. Thanks, Monica!