Stephen Colbert Accused of Racism After Tweet, Leading to #CancelColbert (VIDEO)
Stephen Colbert faced calls for the cancellation of his show on Thursday and Friday, after a bit from “The Colbert Report” was taken out of context on Twitter.
The trouble started when @ColbertReport, the show’s official Comedy Central account, tweeted “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
This joke referenced a bit from Wednesday’s show (see below) in which Colbert skewered Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Colbert mocked Snyder’s plan to establish the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation as a response to continuing controversy over whether his football team’s name is racist.
The satirical personality then referenced his own caricature of Asian stereotypes in a previous segment, and jokingly talked about starting “The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
But apparently people reading @ColbertReport’s out-of-context tweet and not seen the relevant video, and Twitter erupted in accusations that Colbert is racist. The phrase #CancelColbert became a trending topic.
Colbert then took to his personal account, @StephenAtHome, to deny involvement in the offensive tweet, posting, “#CancelColbert – I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I’m @StephenAtHome.”
@Colbert Report deleted the controversial tweet, and backed up Colbert’s claim, saying, “For the recordis not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is Sorry for the confusion
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