If the happy ending to the Cleveland kidnapping saga warmed your heart, it’s likely this will make your smile even wider.
Charles Ramsey, the man who helped rescue Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight after a decade in captivity, has given a stellar interview to a local news station. We’re talking Antoine Dodson levels of hilarity here, folks.
In the brief piece, Ramsey tells a reporter about how he shared ribs and listened to salsa music with the alleged captor of the three women. He adds his neighbor never seemed to be anything other than a regular guy who tinkered with his motorcycles and played with his dogs:
“He’s somebody that you look and you look away because he’s not doin’ nothin’ but the average stuff, you see what I’m saying? Ain’t nothin’ exciting about him. Well, until today. Ha ha ha.”
When asked about the reaction of Amanda Berry as she begged him to call 911, Ramsey breathlessly quips:
“I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wroooong here. Dead giveaway. Deeeaaad giveaway. Either she’s homeless, or she’s got problems … that’s the only reason why she’d run to a black man.”
It’s not remotely politically correct, but it’s difficult not to chuckle; Ramsey is what most people would describe as A Character, and his delivery is hilarious. Viral fame is surely yours, sir.
Let’s see the man in action (and there’s a full transcript below, courtesy of News.com):
Reporter: “Walk me through again what happened this afternoon. You heard screaming…”
Charles Ramsey: “I heard screamin. I’m eatin my McDonald’s, I come outside, I see this girl goin’ nuts tryin’ to get out of her house. So I go on the porch, I go on the porch and she says ‘help me get out, I been in here a long time’. So you know, I figured this is a domestic violence dispute, so I opened the door, but we can’t get in that way because how the door is, it’s so much that a body can’t fit through, only your hand. So we kicked the bottom and she comes out with a little girl, and she says ‘call 911. My name is Amanda Berry’.”
Reporter: “And did you know who that was when she said that?”
CR: “When she told me it didn’t register until I got the call to 911. And then, I’m calling to 911 for Amanda Berry? I thought this girl was dead, you know what I mean? And she got on the phone and she said ‘yeah, this is me’ and the detective Cook, Gregory Cook says ‘Charles, you know who you rescued?’ ”
Reporter: “And when did you see Gina?”
CR: “About five minutes after the police got here. See, that girl Amanda told the police ‘I ain’t just the only one, it’s some more girls up in that house. So they goin’ up there, you know, 30 or 40 deep, and when they came out it was just astonishing, cos I thought they would come up with nothing. I figured, I mean, whoever she was, like I say, my neighbour, you got some big testicles to pull this off dude, cos we see this guy every day I mean EVERY DAY.”
Reporter: “How long have you lived here?”
CR: “I been here a year. You see where I’m coming from? I eat barbecue with this dude. We eat ribs and whatnot, and listen to salsa music, you see where I’m coming from?”
Reporter: “And you had no indication that there was anything…”
CR: “Bro, not a clue that that girl was in that house, or anybody was in there against their will, because how he is, is he just comes out to his backyard, he plays with the dogs, tinkers with his cars and motorcycles, goes back in the house. So he’s somebody that you look and you look away because he’s not doin’ nothin’ but the average stuff, you see what I’m saying? Ain’t nothin’ exciting about him. Well, until today. Ha ha ha.”
Reporter: “What was the reaction on the girls’ faces? I can’t imagine, to see the sunlight, to be…”
CR: “Well, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrooong here. Dead giveaway. Dead giveaway. Deeeaaad giveaway. Either she homeless, or she got problems, that’s the only why she’s runnin’ to a black man.”