Meet Charles Ramsay, Internet Hero and Gentleman

Charles Ramsey rescued three women in Cleveland Ohio today—women who had been missing for more than a decade. The interview he gave to local news after the rescue is a thing of beauty. Beauty and lulz. I predict he'll be auto-tuned and immortalized as a meme shortly. (via guyism)

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71 Responses to “Meet Charles Ramsay, Internet Hero and Gentleman”

  1. Ladyfingers says:

    At first I doubted the “awesomeness” of the interview but good golly, what crescendo of quoteability.

    • SwimmingTowardsPie says:

      I think he wins Quote Of The Decade for that last one, juuust edging out Sweet Brown.

      • millie fink says:

        Yes! And it’s such an insightful point he makes too. I hope it spurs some serious discussion. And that the ensuing memes treat him respectfully, rather that ridiculing him. Ramsey is a hero, and he does have things to say worth listening to.

        • McSpanky says:

          Here here! Who else in our public life right now would be able to say what he said about race in America, and be heard? Oh, and then there’s that little rescuing of kidnap victims thing. Tomorrow he may disappoint (I’m coming to expect the hangover after the heroism) but right now I love him so much. He needs a show or a line of T-shirts or something.

  2. dwjeffery . says:

    We must thank this internet hero for saving the internet. I mean saving those three women. I just meant hero too, not internet hero. I’m on the internet!

  3. His neighbour climbed in yo’ windows, snatching those people up! He hid yo’ kids, hid yo’ wife!

  4. mista spakuru says:

    The best is toward the end of the clip. I burst out laughing.

    To read more about this story:
    http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/05/tv_station_reports_berry_dejes.html

  5. kmoser says:

    Gotta love the reporter’s sign-off: “Thank you for being there, man!” while giving the guy a jocular slap on the chest.

    • t3kna2007 says:

      It was just getting very interesting, and I don’t think Charles was
      anywhere close to saying all he had to say.  “Thank you for being there, man, but this is getting racial and you’re telling too much truth for the local news.  Check ya later!”

      • awjt says:

         You know he wanted to go all Chris Rock on that reporter’s ass.  “Bro, that’s no way to treat white bitches!  Goddamn, it took a black man 3 minutes to do what a whole police department couldn’t do in 10 years.  Why these white assholes want to treat women this way?  Why they want to keep women as slaves?  I say, give these white dudes to a house of black women as slaves and see how they like it then!”  &c.

      • millie fink says:

        Exactly. 

  6. Bradley Robinson says:

    Ribs, and whatnot.

    You think you fucking know a guy.  

  7. Keith Tyler says:

    Biker guy gets his jacket in the camera, with choice phrases on the back like:

    I’D TELL YOU ABOUT MY DICK
    BUT IT’S A LLLLLONG STORY

    and

    I’M NOT MISTER RIGHT
    BUT I’LL FUCK YOU
    TILL HE GETS HERE

    That’s more lulz than Charles provides.

  8. Gulliver says:

    Well, there is one man who will never have to wonder if he made a difference. Admirable in every sense.

  9. ImmutableMichael says:

    I’m so glad I watched this to the end – he just blitzes it. 

  10. Ed Ligget. Tuba. says:

    Ain’t nobody got time f’dat!
    (I am so sorry.  I couldn’t resist.)

    • impishacid says:

       Yes, thank you, god forbid we acknowledge the heroics of a man who could’ve been risking his live and saved four people without mocking black people who speak AAVE for sounding ~lol so silly and g****o~

      You know, I say things like (I’m so sorry, I couldn’t resist) too – after making some incredibly awful pun. That is when you should say things like that. When you know you should be ‘so sorry’ about what you’re about to say because you’re making a racist joke, just DON’T. Not mocking working-class black people is actually incredibly easy.

  11. Frank W says:

    “You know something is wrong when a pretty white girl runs into a black man’s arms.” What more to say?

    • angusm says:

      This makes me sad. He’s not wrong, but it says a lot about the way things are. I hope that one day it won’t even occur to anyone to make that particular distinction.

      Of course, I hope that one day assholes will stop kidnapping and raping people too. I’m not sure which of these hopes is more unrealistic.

      • sirgoofs says:

        I hear what he’s saying, and if it makes him feel any better, there are no pretty white girls running into this 46 year-old white man’s arms either, if they did, I would know something was wrong too.

    • schadenfreudisch says:

       i teared up when he said that.  for many reasons, i guess.

    • JDub says:

      Occurs daily in the presence of black professional athletes.

    • Jonathan Roberts says:

      There was also his reaction when he heard the police car…

    • Nick Barrett says:

       Little pretty white girl

  12. lavardera says:

    His 911 call is a piece of work too.

  13. DrDave says:

    Interesting footnote. In 2004, claimed psychic Sylvia Browne told Amanda Berry’s mother that she was dead.
    http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/05/amanda_berry_is_dead_psychic_t.html
    Wondering if anyone will follow up with Ms. Browne.

  14. angusm says:

    Between Mr Ramsey and Uncle Ruslan, it appears that America is finally getting a better class of video interviewee.

  15. hardwarejunkie9 says:

    You know what? I’m actually laughing with him more than anything.

    Not sure how I feel about anyone who might be laughing *at* him, as it would just be because of what he is and telling the truth as he sees it.

    • I agree. Laughing with him. It shouldn’t be underestimated that the guy took it upon himself to step in and intervene and save these people. Not everybody would have the “testicles” to do that.

  16. chgoliz says:

    It’s amazing how much he encapsulates in that short time.  That the most dangerous person you know can be the one you don’t look at twice because they seem so normal.  That a terrorized victim will do things they would not feel comfortable doing in a different situation (like running into the arms of a strange man of a different race).  That what you learn on the news stays in your brain but is not well-filed, so you sense that you know something but you don’t remember all of it.

    Seems like a great guy all around.  Not surprising he rose to the occasion.  The kind of guy you *want* to have as a neighbor.

    • SwimmingTowardsPie says:

      That the most dangerous person you know can be the one you don’t look at twice because they seem so normal.

      The banality of evil.

  17. rewhu says:

    That part at the end was really, really sad and it’s a damn shame that he would believe that or feel it necessary to say it. He’s doing himself a disservice.

    What an amazing rescue though. Huzzah to Mr. Ramsay and anyone else who helped those women.

    • millie fink says:

      What? You’re going to make that comment about internalized racism, like, he’s underestimating his abilities to get with a white woman, because he’s a disillusioned black man?

      Think again; he’s telling the truth, especially about the place he lives.

      • Tavie says:

         Exactly. He was telling the truth. What’s a shame is that the reporter cut him off because what he was saying would clearly make certain viewers uncomfortable. You know what? It should. And it deserved to be said.

    • impishacid says:

       he isn’t doing HIMSELF a disservice. He knows and recognizes that lots of white women are brought up to think black men are violent and dangerous, cross the street to avoid even walking past them, that sort of thing. And he knows when a white woman acts exactly opposite of that, something really bad must be going down.

  18. Brad Gall says:

    For Mr Ramsey free McDonald’s for life!

    • Diogenes says:

       No!  What are you trying to do, kill him?! 

      • Brad Gall says:

        Not saying he has to eat it everyday, but if the man wants a big mac, hot apple pie and a shake on occasion it should be on the house.

        • Jonathan Roberts says:

          And McRribs and whatnot. McDonalds seems to factor quite a lot in the story, Charles Ramsey was eating there when he heard the screaming, later the guy was arrested at McDonalds.

  19. schlocktober says:

    That is what we in the business call a “strong finish.” Big thumbs up!

  20. MrJM says:

    1) Mr. Ramsay hears what he believes is a “domestic disturbance”. 

    2) Intervenes.

    3) Hero!

    • orangedesperado says:

      Astonishing and unusual behaviour. He should be an example for anyone who hesitates to “interfere in a personal matter”.

  21. FrankenPC . says:

    What’s even funnier is how the white reporter is trying to exit stage left (literally) as Ramsay is eye ballin the screen “DEAD giveaway!”

  22. cstatman says:

    i wish we had more stories of people trying to help,  common kindness.   Yes,   today, he is my hero.

  23. billstreeter says:

    I think this interview with him is better: http://youtu.be/Z9u-PBZoS9E

  24. KayK says:

    Seems like a nice man!

  25. He’s my fucking hero that guy. Also the name of the Auto-Tuned pop version and also the sung hook should be “Dead Giveaway Bro”

  26. oasisob1 says:

    Bro, not a clue.

  27. pszymeczek says:

    This little old white lady wants to give Mr. Ramsey a massive hug and buy him a beer. 

  28. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    For some reason there’s controversy about superheroes being portrayed as black.  Meanwhile, back in reality, there’s Charles Ramsay and Cory Booker.

  29. pan says:

    i wish white people would stop turning black people into memes though. why is our trauma/distress always funny to them? because we turn to laughter as a coping mechanism? but we aren’t trying to do a minstrel show and make them motherfuckers laugh. we’re just trying to protect ourselves.

  30. EeyoreX says:

    And here’s a tshirt. Reportedly the profits will go to the victims.
    http://store.onpointpromos.com/shop/charles-ramsey-cleveland-hero-tee/#tshirt

  31. The New York Times do not even acknowledge him. They credit the rescue to an Angel Cordero. The fact that folks are jumping on and embracing the soundbite is something I find disturbing.

  32. Free Big Macs for Charles Ramsay for LIFE https://www.facebook.com/BigMacsForLifeForCharlesRamsey

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