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Cancel Colbert: Tweet, Skit Deemed 'Racist' Spark Fury Online

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Friday, 28 Mar 2014 12:57 PM

There are calls to cancel "The Colbert Report" as its host Stephen Colbert is under fire for a joke he made about the Washington Redskins and a subsequent tweet that referenced the remark.

In the segment that aired Thursday, Colbert mocked Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder and the team's new charity Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.

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"Folks, the PC Police continue to hammer the Washington Redskins over their so-called 'offensive' name," he said. "The foundation also assisted in the purchase of a new backhoe for the Omaha tribe. That's right, assisted. Because you can't expect a team worth $1.7 billion to pay for the entire backhoe.

"Folks, this move by Dan Snyder inspires me, because my show has frequently come under attack for having a so-called offensive mascot, my beloved character Ching Chong Ding Dong," he added. "I'm willing to show the Asian community that I care by introducing the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitive to Orientals or Whatever."

Fox News reported that a tweet from the show's Twitter account, which has since been deleted, referenced the skit. It reportedly said, "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever," which sparked the controversy and caused "#CancelColbert" to trend on Twitter.

Others came to the comedian's defense, arguing those who tweeted "#CancelColbert" were taking the joke out of context because they did not see the skit.

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