(The Root) — On Tuesday morning, the Internet welcomed its latest viral superstar. Video of an interview with Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who helped rescue three missing local women, has been making the rounds online since the story broke. Less than 24 hours in, there are multiple memes and auto-tuned videos of Ramsey’s account.
Unsurprisingly, the jokes on Twitter are flowing like water, with some questioning whether or not the way we treat people like Ramsey and viral sensations before him, such as Antoine Dodson and Sweet Brown — men and women with amazing stories overshadowed by the Internet’s fixation on their colorful personalities — is disrespectful. In the conversation about it all on Twitter, some consider it belittling and mocking, arguing that amid the ruckus, the victims and the heroic deed are forgotten. Others consider it good, clean fun and are keeping the jokes rolling. See what folks are saying below.
Oh, another black person to other and mock and meme? That’s cool. Antoine Dobson ain’t been retired a full day and it’s on to the next one.
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) May 7, 2013
Charles Ramsey all i can say is I wish we were still doing In Living Color!
— Damon Wayans (@DamonkWayans) May 7, 2013
That nervous flinch Charles Ramsey gave when he heard that siren WOOP WOOP is an entire essay on race relations w police.
— Nichole (@tnwhiskeywoman) May 7, 2013
Three women were rescued from what may be modern-day slavery, and folks want to make Charles Ramsey into a mascot. goo.gl/UDgcA
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 7, 2013