Flamboyant viral video star, Antoine Dodson, is back in the news today after taking to Facebook to “renounce himself” and his homosexuality. Dodson, best known for the “Bed Intruder” song, claims he’s now a Black Israelite and wants a wife and children.
Dodson explained his conversion on his Facebook fan page:
I have to renounce myself, I’m no longer into homosexuality I want a wife and family, I want to multiply and raise and love my family that I create. I could care less about the fame and fortune, I’ve giving all that up to know the true history of the bible. For I am the True Chosen Hebrew Israelite descendant of Judah. And as True Israel I know that there are certain things we just can’t do. And I totally understand that now. I don’t need a Mercedes Benz, I don’t need a big house in Beverly Hills all I need is the Most High and my family (Israel). I have been awaken by the great and so should you. Let’s be delivered from the wickedness of the world and live the way we should. The Most High bless all and have a beautiful evening. Israel wake up and take full power of who you are. I’m ready are you?
Since his public declaration, Dodson has taken an increasingly pious tone. His Facebook page is filled with spiritual-sounding updates, notes about studying the Bible, and information about the Black Israelites.
Despite his seeming dedication, many questioned Dodson’s ability to actually pray away the gay, citing his ostentatious appearance and mannerisms as proof it would not work. But Dodson had a few words for his critics: you don’t know my life.
Israel will be hated by all nations, the flamboyant pictures of me are all over a year old, because you talk ish about or try to destroy my character, its not going to work. Like I said, that lifestyle is foolish and I don’t want or have time for it. For my blacks and Hispanics and the rest of the 12 true Israel. We got this because now we have their attention. Also Gentiles who want to accept the Most High and his son, you also can be brought into the fold. Rise of the Chosen.
Antoine Dodson isn’t the first or the last person to try to use religion to affect his sexual orientation. According to a Spitzer study of nearly 200 people, nearly 80% of those who attempted to change their sexuality did so for religious reasons.
During a task force investigation, the American Psychological Association found that individuals who attempted to change their sexual orientation through a variety of means (religious, therapeutic, behavioral) did so with unpredictable results.
The APA reported:
Although sound data on the safety of SOCE are extremely limited, some individuals reported being harmed by SOCE. Distress and depression were exacerbated. Belief in the hope of sexual orientation change followed by the failure of the treatment was identified as a significant cause of distress and negative self-image (Beckstead & Morrow, 2004; Shidlo & Schroeder, 2002).
Although there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation, some individuals modified their sexual orientation identity (i.e., group membership and affiliation), behavior, and values (Nicolosi, Byrd, & Potts, 2000). They did so in a variety of ways and with varied and unpredictable outcomes, some of which were temporary (Beckstead & Morrow, 2004; Shidlo & Schroeder, 2002). Based on the available data, additional claims about the meaning of those outcomes are scientifically unsupported.
Whether or not Dodson is able to successfully give up homosexuality remains to be seen. I’m certainly skeptical he’ll be able to “renounce” his sexuality as he wishes, but I wish him well.
What do you think? Can people really pray away the gay?
*Photos via Antoine Dodson’s Facebook page.