The appeal of Internet heroes like Charles Ramsey and Uncle Ruslan

May 8, 2013

Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey speaks with a reporter after finding missing woman Amanda Berry and calling 911. His call lead to the discovery of two more women being held in the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro. ; Credit: WEWSTV

The drama of the Cleveland kidnapping story yesterday could be eclipsed only by the comedic candor of kidnapping rescuer Charles Ramsey. He’s the man who heard Amanda Berry kicking and yelling for help, then responded. Television cameras captured Ramsey recounting the story and anyone with an ear for good clip knew it was gold.

Here’s a snippet of Ramsey’s unaffected wisdom: “I knew somethin’ was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Somethin’ is wrong here. Dead giveaway! Deeeeaaaaad giveaway.” The “meme-ification” was instantaneous. Much like Ramsey, the uncle of the Boston bombers became Internet famous for being forthright, fearless and without a lick of media training. What other characters have gone viral for noble reasons? What’s their appeal for you?


 Ryan Broderick, Reporter, BuzzFeed

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