Internet fame brings needed donations for fire victim Michelle Dobyne

Michelle Dobyne(Image Source: YouTube)
Michelle Dobyne(Image Source: YouTube)

A tragic fire has made Michelle Dobyne an improbable Internet start. Dobyne’s apartment building caught on fire and she was forced to flee with her children. Unhurt, she was interviewed by local media and her hilarious response went viral. Now she is the subject of a new music video by the internet team “The Gregory Brothers” who Auto-Tuned her response into a catchy new song titled “Not Today (The Building is on Fire).”

Michelle Dobyne (Image Source: GoFundMe)
Michelle Dobyne (Image Source: GoFundMe)

The music video has garnered over one million views in 24 hours. Dobyne seems delighted with the video and her newfound Internet success. She has requested that people support her by going to her GoFundMe page and making a donation to help her family. According to the page:

“Everyone this is the “Not today ” lady from News on 6! And she is currently living in her car and she needs anything she can get to help her and her 3 kids! Anything can help with them! Even a dollar would be helpful! God Bless! This is amazing how much love there is in the world! I met her Monday Night because I was watching the news and they said where she lived and that she would be in her car! So after dinner me and my mom got in the car and had shoes and bags of clothes and blankets ready! We took her to dinner at Burger King and talked to her about her issues and saw how sweet she was and wanted to do this for her and she is so grateful to all of you!”

Since the account’s creation, Dobyne has received $6,075 with a goal of raising $6,500.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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