#CancelCobert: Twitter Backlash Over Racist ‘Colbert Report’ Tweet

Photo Credit: pablogv2004 from morguefile.com

Photo Credit: pablogv2004 from morguefile.com

Stephen Colbert is under fire after a tweet from the verified Twitter account for “The Colbert Report” tweeted this on Thursday: “I am willing to show the #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

It’s safe to say that people were not happy about that tweet, and the hashtag #CancelColbert started to trend. The tweet has since been deleted.

The tweet played off a segment that Colbert had done on his show on Wednesday, which poked “fun at Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s announcement of a foundation to help Native Americans.” “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong” is a reference to a satirical Asian caricature Colbert has previously assumed on the show.

The funnyman took to Twitter to deny any involvement with the tweet.

He tweeted: “#CancelColbert – I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I’m @StephenAtHome.”

Late Thursday the “Colbert Report” Twitter account tweeted this: “For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelCobert”

They also tweeted this: “This is a Comedy Central promotional account, with no oversight from Stephen or his show, that quoted a line out of context. #cancelcolbert”

The question remains, who sent out the tweet from the “Colbert Report” Twitter account?

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