Stephen Colbert faces an angry mob of Twitter users after his latest blunder and many want him fired. On March 28, Vanity Fair reported on the Twitter faux pas surrounding Comedy Central entertainer/comedian Colbert.
When read by itself as it was posted, the tweet heard 'round the world by Stephen Colbert read, "I am willing to show the #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." While this tweet was posted on the Twitter account for "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert himself denies posting the comment.
The line posted though is part of a bigger picture. By itself, it's one of the most racist tweets made by a celebrity. In context though, the tweet makes sense. It was actually part of a skit that made fun of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for refusing to change the Redskins name. Instead, Snyder started the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. You can watch that skit on Comedy Central's website before making a decision.
When you read the incredibly offensive single tweet in the context of the skit, it's easy to see that it was meant as sarcasm. He was clearly making fun of the Redskins owner and was certainly not trying to be racist toward Asians. Moreover, Colbert was intentionally trying to relay how racially insensitive Snyder has been to continue on with the Redskins name despite an outcry to change the name for many years.
What do you think of #CancelColbert making it's rounds on Twitter? Do you think the tweet is a good enough reason to cancel "The Colbert Report?"