After a seemingly racial tweet was posted on The Colbert Report's Twitter feed, fans lashed out against the show with #CancelColbert, while others are defending the actual meaning of the post.
The tweet, which was posted on Thursday afternoon and later deleted, read, "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." And it immediately caused a fan backlash with #CancelColbert.
But, while read on its own the comment would be seen as offensive, it was actually part of a segment on Wednesday's episode, E! News reported. The tweet referenced comments made about the new charity effort by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, made to try to ease the criticism over the team's racist name. Meanwhile, "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong" is an Asian caricature that Colbert has assumed on his show.
"#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage," Colbert wrote on his personal account. "Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome."
The Colbert Report also responded to the incident and tweeted, "This is a Comedy Central account, with no oversight from Stephen/show."
Then, they posted an additional message, stating, "For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert."
Meanwhile, fans and Twitter users reacted with mixed feelings to the initial tweet and to the incident, giving hundreds of opinions on what the tweet was really about.
Here is what some of them had to say:
I was briefly horrified when I realized that #cancelcolbert hashtag was being used seriously by some people.— Ian Fortey (@IanFortey) March 28, 2014
Dear propagators of #CancelColbert: 1. Open your internet browser. 2. Search "satire". 3. Read definition. 4. Admit you're an idiot.— K (@nock4six) March 28, 2014
The #CancelColbert crowd needs to settle down. The joke reads like a parody OF racism. Don’t like it? Don’t watch. No need to “cancel”— John M. (@TheRealHorse) March 28, 2014
#CancelColbert looks like it was pretty great for drawing attention to self-promoting social justice warriors. Native Americans, not so much— Horton Atonto (@crushingbort) March 28, 2014
White folks are super offended I called them white. Funny I wish asian people could just be people too. #CancelColbert— Suey Park (@suey_park) March 28, 2014
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