The hashtag #CancelColbert has gone viral in response to a tweet made by “The Colbert Report” Twitter handle that was deemed highly offensive and racist by many members of the Twitter community. Stephen Colbert refutes the racist tweet accusation through his own Twitter handle @StephenAtHome saying that “The Colbert Report” account is not him.
The original tweet from yesterday said that Colbert was “willing to show the #asian community [he] cares” and then introduced the “Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation,” a foundation for Oriental sensitivity “or Whatever.” The tweet has since been deleted, but was meant to be a play off of Stephen Colbert’s segment on Wednesday’s show.
The skit was making fun of the foundation to aid Native Americans created by Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins. The Washington Redskins have been under some heat in the past few years as some consider the team name to be racist, but Snyder refuses to change the name.
Colbert replied to the tweet and said, “#Cancel Colbert – I agree!” Colbert continued by saying that he “share[d] the rage” after seeing “The Colbert Report” tweet and asking, “Who is that, though? I’m @StephenAtHome” His tweet included a video of his Washington Redskins segment.
After Colbert refuted the racist tweet accusation, “The Colbert Report” handle backed Colbert up in a follow-up tweet that said that the account “is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show” and then apologized for the misunderstanding. Another tweet by “The Colbert Report” added that it is “a Comedy Central Account” and that there is “no oversight” by the show or Colbert himself. In this tweet, the handle added the link of the Washington Redskins segment for context.
Still, many view “The Colbert Report” account as the voice of Stephen Colbert and “The Colbert Report” for obvious reasons. Therefore, Twitter continues to be abuzz with #CancelColbert. There are people who are genuinely offended by Stephen Colbert and the tweet and others arguing Colbert’s side and pointing to the Dan Snyder of the Washington Redskins as the real racism in the whole debacle.
Twitter user @sueypark said that she wants “a real apology” from “The Colbert Report.” The user said, “Racist humor comes from racism.” Others echo @sueypark with the sentiment that “satire is not an excuse for racism.” On the other hand, there are plenty of people that have gone against @sueypark and her beliefs. Her twitter handle has said that she has even received death threats. The other side believes that Stephen Colbert is not the one who is racist, but instead was making fun of those who are racist.
Regardless, the comedian and his show did not write the out-of-context tweet as confirmed by the Twitter. It is a Comedy Central handle that riffed on Stephen Colbert’s Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins skit, but did not put the tweet into any context. Even though Stephen Colbert refutes the racist tweet accusation, many in the Twitter community are looking for an apology. The Twitter battle rages on.
By Rebecca Hofland
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