Twitter Lights Up Over Stephen Colbert’s Racist Comment, Calls to #CancelColbert Trends

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Stephen Colbert is attempting to hide behind his ‘fictional character’ in covering up an extremely offensive and racist tweet that lit up Twitter. In response to Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder releasing a statement that he will not be changing the name of the team, but would be sitting up the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, Colbert tweeted the following. 

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The backlash on Twitter was swift and intense. There were numerous responses from individuals of Asian heritage who called Colbert out for the tweet that was viewed as not only insensitive, but racist.

But, the backlash wasn’t limited to just one ethnic group. Many went on the attack against Colbert for this bigotry on display.

Comedy Central attempted to clean things up by stating that Colbert does not run the Twitter account for his show, but rather the network does. They then tweeted a video for people to watch to help put the tweet in context.

At 4:54 into the video, Colbert begins his segment making fun of the Washington Redskins’ new Foundation. At approximately 6:15 marker, one is subjected to Colbert discussing a character that he portrays on his show named ‘Ching Chong Ding Dong’. The clip includes video from 2005 of Colbert impersonating someone he later refers to as ‘a Chinaman.’

The group Asian Media Watch called on Colbert to immediately stop that stereotypical portrayal of Asians with a character the viewed as offensive. In his ‘news’ segment that would supposedly put his offensive tweet into context, Colbert made light of Asians being offended by his character while the audience laughed at his mocking of them.

Whoever believed that video was supposed to make things right and ‘put things in context’ was sorely mistaken. All it does is demonstrate not so thinly veiled racism under the guise of comedy. 

Colbert has since deleted the tweet, but the damage was done. #CancelColbert has been trending on Twitter with the call for Comedy Central to cancel his show.

Comments

  1. I’m Polynesian and this doesn’t offend me. Consider the source. A stoopid, leftist, racist so-called comedian employed by a channel whose demographic is young NEA indoctrinated Democrat/socialists. Get over yourselves. The boundary was pushed and the demographic pushed back. That’s comedy. What comedian is not constantly testing boundaries? I’ll tell you which ones – the ones collecting unemployment. Back when things were sane, there was an Asian stand up from Knoxville, TN. He made fun of both hicks and Asians and people weren’t so thin-skinned and indoctrinated in those days. Joo Sarah Silverman is funny to me. She’s also offensive. I know not to take ‘comedians’ seriously. The demtard youth today are whiney little sycophantic babies.

    1. We conservatives constantly complain about the pervasive PC culture. Now we see liberals throwing hissy fit because one of their own — a liberal comedian — defied those boundaries.

      The very nature of comedy encourages comments and/or observations that will inevitably offend someone. In the works of the great humorists and comedians, from Mark Twain through Oscar Wilde, G. B. Shaw, Will Rogers, Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, one can find a wealth of material that many would deem insensitive and/or offensive.

    2. And the Queen of one-liners who made a long living offending herself – the one and only Phyllis Diller. Just typing that made me smile.

    3. Asians were not the target of the satire, Dan Snyder was. And of course because Suey Park, the self-important Twitter “activist” didn’t even research before she called to cancel Colbert, everyone is ignoring Dan Snyder. He usually pays really good money for that kind of distraction, and she did it for free. If you’re offended by Colbert, you should be really offended by Snyder, because his racist-named charity is a real thing. Or is racism against Native Americans really okay?

  2. So, welcome my little friend, as the first amendment is always welcome. Say what you like within the boundaries of the law. Support, protest, whine, opine, all is good. So for the record I am thankful for the first amendment and all the ignorant whiners who make up the posting republic of TPism here on this site. Better than stand up on a daily basis. Glitch Girl, you go girl, your posts are some of the best comedy we have on the site today, pity you do not realize this.

  3. Never really cared for Colbert’s comedy. But he is free to say whatever he wants – get over it.
    99.9% of what Bill Mahers says is offensive but he is also free to say it.
    Cmon America ! Change the channel. Get a thicker skin. Quit being whiny turd babies.

    1. Or understand satire, AND the fact that Colbert did not send the tweet. As part of a satire piece criticizing the Redskins, it isn’t racist. It is a scathing commentary on how Redskin (long a pejorative term for Native Americans) is completely acceptable even in the face of equivalent use of pejoratives against another race. Even now, Suey Park proves just how oblivious America is to the racism. Look at how her Twitter tirade distracted from the whole point (and see how uniformed people shape the media landscape).

    1. Asians were not the target of the satire, Dan Snyder was. And of course because Suey Park, the self-important Twitter “activist” didn’t even research before she called to cancel Colbert, everyone is ignoring Dan Snyder. He usually pays really good money for that kind of distraction, and she did it for free. If you’re offended by Colbert, you should be really offended by Snyder, because his racist-named charity is a real thing.

  4. Comedy is the lame excuse Dems use, when they show their own racism, while blaming the South for being racist.

    1. No, if you watch Colbert and just laugh at how funny it is without feeling sad about the irony he is pointing out, you fail at understanding satire at all. When Colbert says things like “Ching Chong Ding Dong,” it is an amplification of just how wrong the name “Redskin” is. Taken out of context, yeah, you should be really damn offended by that tweet. Out of context, there is no satire at all. But once you learn the context, you shouldn’t be pissed at Colbert, you shouldn’t be blaming partisan politics at all for this, you should be looking square at Dan Snyder, because the foundation he created and named is exactly as offensive as the name Colbert came up with for a fake foundation.

      Or did you think Johnathan Swift was serious when he suggested that the people should eat Irish babies too?

  5. Jennifer Burke, your offense to the tweet in question aside, there are so many things factually wrong with your article as to make it essentially untrue.
    First, Colbert did not post the tweet, as it is not his account. Colbert has always been @ColbertatHome. He has never had control of the other account nor does he know who posts to the account, only that it is owned and operated by Comedy Central which, secondly, he stated, not Comedy Central.
    Colbert has never claimed that his bit wasn’t supposed to be offensive. This style of satire was supposed to be offensive to draw attention to Dan Snyder and his overtly racist team name and charity name. Thanks to people like you, he gets a pass, while you attack someone like Colbert, who is actually your ally when it comes to things like racism.
    If you actually cared about racial insensitivity, this post would be about Dan Snyder, who was the inspiration for the offending bit of satire. I can’t understand why you would be offended by Colbert (again, his intent) but completely be fine with Dan Snyder’s “Redskins.”