Charles Ramsey has become an Internet star after he helped three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, escape captivity. He gave an interview to a local TV station, charmed viewers with his down-to-earth manners and went viral immediately.
His rather "quirky" interview with a local news reporter went viral within hours the video was posted online. As some anticipated, YouTube is now being flooded with autotune remixes of his interview. The most popular at the moment appears to be Gavin McDevitt's (GMoney), uploaded about 5 a.m.Tuesday morning.
Gavin McDevitt celebrates Ramsey with his skillfully made remix. The YouTube video has received more than 300,000 views since it was upload on May 6, 2013. Watch Ramsey say, with appalling political incorrectness: "I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway. Dead giveaway. Either she's homeless or she's got problems. That's the only reason."
The interviewer attempts to cut him short, saying: "Yeah, Charles, polite people don't point that stuff out."
Cafemom applauds: "Good for Charles for saying it like it is.
Digital Journal reported that Ramsey was eating his McDonald's, minding his own business, when he heard shouts:
I heard screaming, I'm eating my McDonald's, I come outside and I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of the house and I go on the porch and she says 'Help me get out! I've been in here a long time.' I go on the porch and she said 'Help me get out. I've been here a long time.' I figure it was domestic violence dispute. She comes out with a little girl and says ‘Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry’... When she told me, it didn't register. It didn't register until I got on the phone with 911 and I said 'I'm calling 911 for Amanda Berry'- I thought this girl is dead.ABC Action News reports that Ramsey also became a trending topic on Twitter, as the man who was just finishing his McDonald's when an alarm came from his neighbor's house. McDonald's has acknowledged him on Twitter, @McDonaldsCorp: "We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey- we'll be in touch."
According to The Huffington Post, autotune remixing of trending news interviews first became popular in 2010 when the Gregory Brothers produced the "Bed Intruder Song" that featured Antoine Dodson, in an interview about an attempted rape of his sister. The video reportedly received 114 million views after it was uploaded to YouTube on July 10, 2010
There was a debate on YouTube whether the remix celebrates or ridicules Ramsey. A YouTuber who thinks he is being ridiculed, comments: "His 'white girls' comments were funny at the time -- we were all happy in Cleveland that this came out good so we laughed along in the euphoria -- but if you think about what he did, this man doesn't deserve to be ridiculed."
Another YouTube user answers: "He is not being ridiculed. He is being celebrated."
The Huffington Post reports that the YouTuber Gavin McDevitt (G Money), said: "All money made from this monetized channel will go to the victims of this crazy situation. They will need plenty of mental therapy."