Complete Interview: Franchesca Ramsey Talks About Making "Shit White Girls Say...To Black Girls" and Her Flap with Perez Hilton
You’ve had millions of views of your videos. Have you caught other websites stealing your content before?
World Star Hip Hop posted my Beyonce Student Loan Parody on their site a few months ago and I asked them to take it down. The did so without any problems. I’ve also had people rip my videos and repost to YouTube so I’ve had to file claims to get them taken down. But one of the worst instances was back in 2008 someone ripped a vlog I did with my fiance (then boyfriend) celebrating our 2 year anniversary and cut it up to advertise an interracial porn site. It was really awful. Thankfully someone saw it, sent it to me and I had it taken down.
What is your message to websites that steal content form people like yourself?
Ugh. I don’t even want to address them.
Which of your videos is your favorite?
I can’t say I have a favorite but I try to make each video better than the last. So I guess I’d say “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls” is my current favorite until my ext one.
Where do you get ideas for your videos?
Everywhere! But I’d say I’m mostly inspired by my daily life and interactions with my friends, family and the world around me.
In September 2008 you won the People.com and YouTube’s nationwide search for a Red Carpet Reporter. Any interest in picking up the microphone again as a reporter?
Absolutely! I was actually really bummed that that didn’t develop into more opportunities for me. I thought for sure I’d get a full time gig with People.com or some other entertainment outlet and it just didn’t happen. But in hindsight, I probably wasn’t ready. Those “interviews” are kind of embarrassing. I was a total amateur.
You’re a comedian. I read somewhere that you are taking a break. Are you still on a break or do you have any upcoming shows?
I haven’t done stand up in about 2 years. I came to NY thinking I could work full time and do stand-up, but after getting here realized it was impossible. It took me about a full year just to get acclimated and figure out how to get around so to try to juggle performing at night and working full time would’ve been impossible. I have a hard enough time as it is producing 2 videos a week, working full time, juggling dogs, fiance, gym and social life. So I decided to focus on YouTube instead and go back to stand-up when I felt I could handle it. This year I really want to get back into it. So no shows just yet, but I’m working on it :)
When you’re not making videos or working, what do you like to do?
It might sound weird, but I love going to the gym. If I didn’t have a day job I’d probably live there. lol I try to take my bootcamp class 2 days a week and run 2 days a week if possible. It doesn’t always work out that way, but I try to get some sort of excercise in during the week just to clear my head and relieve stress. I ran a half marathon last year with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) and it was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I also vlogged the entire thing to raise money and inspire people to run. So I’d really like to run a full this year in support of LLS.
You went to school in Miami. Do you ever miss Florida?
All the time! Going home for Christmas was torture. It was 75 degrees and I wore shorts and flip flops every day. My fiance and I often ask ourselves why did we ever leave South Florida “winter”? Someday I plan on being a snowbird. That’s the way to live.
Eric Walter (who filmed the video) vlogs at Youtube.com/mylifeincoach.