Always one to use self-deprecating humor, daytime darling Ellen DeGeneres is in hot water after tweeting a photo of herself holding on to Olympic record-setter Usain Bolt. DeGeneres was making a joke that henceforth she'll just piggyback on Bolt to run her errands.
This is how I’m running errands from now on. #Rio2016 https://t.co/gYPtG9T1ao— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres) 1471297641.0
The photo is from the original shot of Bolt smiling while sprinting to his gold medal win in the 100m dash.
While the photo was meant to capitalize on the popularity of Bolt and the Olympics and make a comparison to Bolt being faster than a car, Twitter was not happy with DeGeneres.
The Jamaican Olympian retweeted the photo, although he did so without commentary.
Many defended DeGeneres, saying that she comes out against all forms of discrimination and bullying and couldn't possibly have meant it in an offensive way.
@TheEllenShow @usainbolt i dont know why ppl are offended by this. This is the fastest man in the world we're talking about— Trezzy (@Trezzy) 1471306580.0
@MattBurgess21 @TheEllenShow @usainbolt people love to be offended. It's so tiresome and takes away from actually incidents of racism.— Adam McKola (@Adam McKola) 1471429451.0
@ward8sfinest @klpqueen Definitely not difficult to figure out... I mean, if you think Ellen of all people is racist...— Lord Reverend Young (@Lord Reverend Young) 1471306972.0
@TheEllenShow @usainbolt literally I'm black and don't take offense to this she's basically complimenting him on his speed and stamina— 🐚 (@🐚) 1471304931.0
@Br_mabe @TheEllenShow @usainbolt People are making this be like she actually meant it that way. If Ellen says "Be kind to one another"— 🐚 (@🐚) 1471371936.0
DeGeneres ultimately responded to the photo saying that she is far from a racist.
I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres) 1471362586.0