The internet doesn’t like to focus on the implications of serious events, for the most part. They’ll focus on the elements that make him more entertaining at a glance, whether it be race, gender, age or any other factor without any deep or meaningful thought behind it. “If it makes them more entertaining to the masses, do whatever” is the internet’s attitude.
^This pretty much. Although for some the internet is a medium to gather information and discuss serious topics, for the most of “the internet” as we know it it’s still just a way of entertainment and to get away from day-to-day stress.
Looking for topics to have fun with at that moment or things to easily kill time, a viral news story is of course a good source. Post-suicide, Amanda Todd was still a topic of mock on various websites. The Boston Bombing became a source of random photoshops the same day the actual bombing happened. Both died down over time, but that’s the internet’s short attention peak. But regardless of that, it’s clear that things like “too soon” or “taking something too far” are not something that direcly apply to (certain areas of) the web, as people like to go on the internet to get away from daily issues, not discuss them.
But of course controversy still applies to many, so topics like a suicide or a bombing are something many refuse to make fun of and will ask the same of those that do. People like Antoine Dodson, they weren’t a criminal, a suicide victim, or someone with a notable history. They just popped up during an interview. There is not really something for the internet to cause controversy over. Sure, those articles do, but the news likes to dig deeper into a subject than might be necessary.
You also have to consider the difference in the situations. Antoine Dodson gave us some of his now famous catchphrases (He’s climbin’ in your windows etc.), as did Sweet Brown (Ain’t nobody got time for that). Both catchphrases are very easily exploitable. What did Charles Ramsey give us to directly links us to him? The word “bro”, an already common word on the web? Eating ribs? There isn’t much to exploit there. And if there isn’t something, attention lowers quickly.
Charles Ramsey was however easy going on racism. Accepted it existed and made jokes about it during the interview. Aintoine Dodson or Sweet Brown didn’t, they just gave an interview. Should Charles Ramsey have not have made some jokes about blacks, I doubt those newsstations would’ve bothered with it. They just watched the interview, looked for something interesting, and build up on that. It’s just cause and effect.
Besides, who says this only happens to blacks? “Really Hits You Hard Bro”; The Chk-Chk-Boom Girl; Corey Worthington’s Party. These were all the result of interviews with white people who went viral. They’re from older days, when content didn’t spread as quickly as it does now, but they were notable.
Racism is simply a topic of discussion and controversy in everyday live. You don’t see articles on why Corey Worthington was made fun of because he’s white. News Stations just see a story in the topic of racism and they build on it. The internet just likes to have fun, and if stereotypes can result in fun then they will use that.