Stephen Colbert Caught In Racial Scandal
By ZACH SEEMAYER
March 28, 2014
The Colbert Report found itself in some hot water after a tweet was posted that many deemed offensive despite the show's satirical image.
On Wednesday night's Comedy Central show, host Stephen Colbert poked fun at the owner of the Washington Redskins, who recently opened a foundation to support Native Americans. In the segment, Colbert aired a clip from a 2005 episode where he played the over-the-top "Chinese" character named Ching-Chong Ding-Dong. In character, Colbert says he's opening the "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."
The joke, which relied on the context of the set-up to make sense, was later tweeted by The Colbert Report's official Twitter handle. The tweet, which has since been 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."
The backlash and outrage was immediate and heated, and the hashtag #CancelColbert quickly become a trending topic.
In an attempt to quell the controversy against Colbert, Comedy Central tweeted from The Colbert Report Twitter account:
Even Colbert weighed in on the controversy by tweeting his support for the #CancelColbert movement from his personal handle, @StephenAtHome.
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