Stephen Colbert’s show has come under fire after a tweet sent from “The Colbert Report’s” official account was deemed racist by some on the Twitterverse.
The tweet, which went out Thursday, read “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” It has since been deleted but was screengrabbed before it disappeared.
The quote was part of a joke told on the comedian’s show on Wednesday as part of a parody bit about the Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which he launched following complaints about the team’s name.
Without knowing the context of the quote, followers of the show immediately began slamming the host as racist, and the hashtag #CancelColbert began trending. On Friday, “The Colbert Report’s” account clarified that the comedian had nothing to do with the controversial tweet.
— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) March 28, 2014
Upon seeing the uproar, Colbert tweeted he agreed with the backlash.