Antoine Dodson: ‘The gay community — we have went from being bullied to becoming bullies’
Last week, so-called YouTube sensation Antoine Dodson made it public that, unlike most in the gay community, he supports Chick-fil-A in the wake of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s radio interview remarks condemning gay marriage.
But on Birmingham, Ala. radio station 100 WAPI’s “The Matt Murphy Show” on Friday, Dodson elaborated on why he was going against the gay community and standing with those in support of Chick-fil-A.
“A lot of people from the gay community was actually telling me not to eat at Chick-fil-A and then you know, I started having these flashback because I started believing like, the gay community — we have went from being bullied to becoming bullies,” he said. “And I don’t think that that is fair because I’m like, aren’t we like in America, like we have freedom of speech. We have the freedom to put our money wherever we want to. That’s what America stands on. So how can we just go after this group, you know — go after this company so viciously because they don’t believe they have the same rights as us. I don’t think it’s fair and I’d don’t think it’s American.”
Dodson said that by staging such a protest, gays were feeding stereotypes about the gay community and pushing some people away.
“I grew up, and my family is like you know, ‘Yeah Antoine we don’t agree with your lifestyle, but we accept you. We love you and don’t try to push your lifestyle on someone else. You can scare them or they just don’t want to be around you,’” he said. “And I was always taught that.”
Dodson, who participated in the Chick-fil-A appreciation day, criticized the whole premise of the Chick-fil-A boycott and said that the boycott was doing little to champion the gay community’s cause.
“Just like the boycott, I think it’s tacky because you don’t have to go to Chick-fil-A and kiss on every person you see, that’s a man if you’re a man, just to try and get a point across,” he said. “You can go about it in a completely different angle. I just think it is getting really, really ridiculous.”
Dodson went on to reveal some of the projects he is working on and described himself to the audience as “ghetto hippie,” someone who wants to save the planet but destroys his body through cigarette smoking and other vices.