So, Cleveland man Charles Ramsey finds and releases kidnapped women who have been missing for years, calls 911, gives some refreshingly down-to-earth interviews about the entire surreal affair. His hero status, plus a stated affinity for ribs and salsa music, have made him a possible meme in the vein of Antoine Dodson’s “Bed Intruder” riff—but the internet just can’t nail it down, producing only some weak Auto-Tune remixes.
Perhaps it’s time for the world’s meme artists to stop assuming that any black dude getting interviewed on local news about a crime he helped to foil can be reduced to some catch phrase or in-joke. It’s just baffling that we’re trying to find a way to laugh about what is, in itself, a harrowing turn of events. Besides, the hectic first minute of his 911 call is where Ramsey really shines.
Right? And throughout this whole experience it seems that everyone, from the 911 operator down to the news correspondents, is a little condescending to him. Just not as condescending as a dude with a Tumblr who wants to turn him into viral content with some silly added hook.
But Ramsey is straight-up awesome as is. He’s bigger than memes. Just this once let’s celebrate the man himself—without using .gifs or Photoshop.
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