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Stephen Colbert distances himself from controversial ‘Colbert Report’ tweet

Colbert Report tweet

(WTVR) – Comedian Stephen Colbert has distanced himself from a tweet sent by the verified Colbert Report Twitter account that resulted in some people calling for the Comedy Central show’s cancellation.

“#CancelColbert – I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I’m @StephenAtHome,” Colbert tweeted Friday morning.

The @ColbertReport tweet, which has since been deleted, lifted a line from Colbert’s show that came during a segment in which Colbert mocked Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s initiative to help Native Americans.

After making fun of Snyder’s attempt to appease those offended by the Washington Redskins nickname by creating a foundation to help Native American using said nickname — his newly formed Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. — Colbert’s segued into talking about his Asian-American character that some people find offensive.

“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” the tweet from The Colbert Report read.

After the segment aired and the tweet was sent, those offended by the comment created the #CancelColbert hash tag.

In response, early Friday morning, Comedy Central responded via Twitter.

“For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert,” the network tweeted. “This is a Comedy Central account, with no oversight from Stephen/show. Here is quoted line in context http://on.cc.com/1dyeQri #cancelcolbert.”

https://twitter.com/ColbertReport/status/449406887306731520

6 comments

  • me

    It’s Traditional Political Party Correct-Mess to be as awful as you please
    and then lie to cover it up. No responsibility, accountability, no
    consequences.

  • Hope2002

    It was supposed to be racist. That was the point. Someone retweeted part of something from the show with all the context gone and other people can’t get past it. He was over the top racist in that thing because he was mocking someone else being racist. The sad thing is the football team he was mocking were serious when they did it and no one seems to care.

  • AHW

    Anyone who watches the Colbert show knows nearly everything is tongue very much in cheek. Sarcasm is the name of the Colbert game. It’s all meant to be funny, as well as social satire. It’s really hard to make sense of anything when it’s taken out of context, especially from a comedic format.

  • Tien

    I am asian and I like stephen colbert. but he did make a bad choice. Just apologize and keep the show rolling.

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