If it makes Stephen Colbert feel any better, a lot of people accused satirist Jonathan Swift of being a racist too.
The comic found himself at the center of a Twitter storm on Thursday after his show, The Colbert Report, tweeted a joke from Wednesdays night show--but without the context, the joke came off as racist to many.
During Wednesdays show, Colbert did a spoof on Redskins owner Dan Snyders refusal to change the name of the team and his own offensive mascot. As part of the joke, he said I am willing to show the Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Founding for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever. The show then tweeted the joke from its official account on Thursday.
But without the context, it gathered steamand outrage. Within a few hours, the hashtag #CancelColbert was trending. Some of the tweets included I used to enjoy and respect your work, @ColbertReport. [Expletive] you; I used to think Stephen Colbert is funny, but we should not let his racist paternalism fly by. #CancelColbert; I can get behind this. Ironic oppressive jokes arent funny & still oppress.
For its part, the show deleted the tweet and then tweeted on Friday morning For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert. The show also tweeted This is a Comedy Central account, with no oversight from Stephen/show. Here is quoted line in context on.cc.com/1dyeQri #cancelcolbert.
Colbert threw himself into the fray, tweeting #Cancel Colbert I agree! Just saw @Colbert report tweet. I share your rage. Who is that though? Im @StephenAtHome and linked to the original segment.