Kidnap hero Ramsey gets autotuned

2013-05-09 15:00
Charles Ramsey
Cape Town - Charles Ramsey, who became an internet sensation after giving colourful interviews to TV news stations in the aftermath of his rescue of kidnap victim Amanda Berry and two other women, has been remixed.

The song Dead Giveaway, remixed and autotuned by the Gregory Brothers, was posted under their "schmoyoho" account on Youtube just a day after the dramatic events unfolded in Cleveland, Ohio - and has already attracted 2.5 million views.

Ramsey is a neighbour of the chief suspect Ariel Castro and the 43-year-old struggling restaurant dishwasher now finds himself the biggest meme on the internet and an unlikely hero after helping Berry and two other young women escape a horrific decade-long ordeal in captivity in a suburban home.

Bed Intruder Song

Dead Giveaway is a riff on Ramsey's now-famous quote from his account of the rescue: "Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl run into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway… Dead giveaway (sic)".

The Gregory Brothers also catapulted Antoine Dodson to fame after autotuning his account of home invaders and suspected rapists in his area in the Bed Intruder Song.

The autotune meme also made Sweet Brown famous for her refrain, "Ain't nobody got time for dat!"

While the events which gave rise to Ramsey's newfound fame is nothing to make light of, the Greogory Brothers named him their hero on their website.
Ramsey's restaurant has reportedly partnered with a clothing company to create a range of T-shirts honouring him for his efforts, and almost $10 000 has been raised on a crowd-sourcing funding website as a thank you to him.

Other Ramsey fans have also lobbied McDonald's to offer him a lifetime supply of food. Ramsey repeatedly frames his account of the rescue through the fact that he was eating McDonald's at the time he first laid eyes on an anguished Berry.

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