Oy! Stephen Colbert sure is in a pickle.
The Comedy Central funnyguy has been called a lot of things over the years, especially by the team over at FOX News. But racist? That’s a new one — and to understand exactly where the accusation is coming from, you have to be up on your Twitter trends.
Allow us to bring you up to speed.
The host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report became the subject of the acrimonious hashtag #CancelColbert after he goofed about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s launching of Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. The non-profit hopes to the bridge the gap between Native Americans and the NFL team, which continues to be slammed for its politically-incorrect moniker.
Stephen poked fun at Synder with a skit and made a comment that, in context of that report, was an over-the-top joke. You know, the stuff Colbert is made of. But when the barb was translated into Twitter Speak, all Hades broke loose.
“I am willing to show the #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
Well, when you put it like that…
Colbert’s character on his show is uber-conservative and often offers outlandish social commentary, including his impression of “Ching Chong Ding Dong,” which mocks Asian stereotypes. Seeing dialogue from the skit outside the context of television, however, outraged Twitter users — who, in turn, created the #CancelColbert hashtag. Producers for The Colbert Report quickly tried to distance the star from the fracas, maintaining that Stephen himself has no involvement with the Twitter account @ColbertReport — where the offensive tweet originated.
“For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert”
The funnyman used his Twitter handle to deny involvement — and, in typical fashion, he made fun of the whole thing:
“#CancelColbert – I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I’m @StephenAtHome.”