Will the memeification and autotuning of news interviews with poor and working-class people of color ever end?

Michelle Dobyne's account of a fire in her apt. complex is the latest viral video-turned-meme to reek of racism


Asha Parker
January 15, 2016 4:00PM (UTC)

Tulsa woman Michelle Dobyne, whose apartment complex caught on fire earlier this week, was interviewed by her local news station — and her account of events immediately became a viral internet sensation.

And like the interviews with Sweet Brown, Charles Ramsey and Antoine Dodson that came before — the subsequent memes and autotunes reek of racism and demonstrate society's collective urge to gawk at the poor and working class.

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"We ain't gonna be in no fire, not today!" Dobyne exclaimed theatrically in the video. And while it may seem like she was acting, she was in fact, simply telling a story. Watch our video account for more.


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