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Ellen DeGeneres On Racism Accusations Over Usain Bolt Meme: That's the 'Furthest Thing From Who I Am'

by Alex Ungerman 4:55 PM PDT, August 16, 2016
Photo: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ellen DeGeneres' latest Photoshop creation may have her in hot water.

The daytime talk show host is defending a recent tweet she shared depicting herself riding on the back of Jamaican Olympic gold medal runner, Usain Bolt, with the caption, "This is how I’m running errands from now on."

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While Bolt -- who took gold at the Rio Games this week during the Men's 100m final -- retweeted the picture, some of Degeneres' fans took offense to the photo, going so far as to call the depiction of the 58-year-old TV host riding on the back of the seven-time Olympic champion racist.

DeGeneres, who did not remove the photo from her feed, responded to the backlash, "I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am."

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Beyond retweeting the photo, Bolt has not weighed in on the controversy. After winning his third straight 100m title, the runner is gearing up for the men's 200m semi-finals on Thursday, after qualifying with a time of 20.28 seconds.

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