Offensive tweet launches #CancelColbert trend, but Stephen Colbert says he’s not responsible
Comedian Stephen Colbert is the subject of a Twitter campaign to put him off the air after an offensive tweet, based on a joke from his program, was posted on a social media account linked to Comedy Central.
The satirist poked fun Wednesday night on his “Colbert Report” program at Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who recently created a charity aimed at Native Americans but won’t change his NFL team’s controversial name.
A tweet was posted on the @ColbertReport account just after 4 p.m. Thursday that contained a quote from the previous night’s show, but stripped of its context, the joke attempt offended many fans and others.
“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” read the tweet, which has since been deleted.
By Thursday, the hashtag #FireColbert was trending, as Twitter users weighed in on the controversial comment.
#CancelColbert because white liberals are just as complicit in making Asian Americans into punchlines and we aren't amused.
— Suey Park (@suey_park) March 27, 2014
When satire becomes as offensive and hurtful as the thing satirized it is no longer satire. It is simply more injustice. #cancelcolbert
— Arlene Adamo (@ArleneAdamo) March 28, 2014
The way some white progressives are ridiculing our outrage shows why we're sick of such humor at our expense & how it hurts. #CancelColbert
— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) March 28, 2014
Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin helped spark the trend, posting a tweet “co-signing” the comment by @suey_park.
“I’m sick of liberals hiding behind assumed ‘progressives,’” wrote Malkin, the author of “In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror.”
Colbert responded to the uproar through his personal Twitter account, @StephenAtHome, saying that he had not written the offending post.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) March 28, 2014
The @ColbertReport account is controlled by Comedy Central, according to a tweet posted just before midnight Thursday, and is not controlled by Colbert or anyone from his program.
— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) March 28, 2014
Watch the offending joke, which is read at about the 10:00 mark, in an episode posted online by Hulu: