Stephen Colbert shut down “The Colbert Report” Twitter account after a controversy spawned by a single tweet created a #CancelColbert campaign claiming he s racially insensitive.
On Monday’s show, Colbert took on the entire system that created the campaign and numerous media stories, including criticizing the anonymous web editor who sent out the tweet that supposedly was taken out of context, the Los Angeles Times reported
The tweet that caused the mess quoted Colbert from a segment he did about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who refused to change the name of his team but is setting up a charity for Native Americans, the Times said. In that skit, Colbert said he would start his own charity, “The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
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When that joke was tweeted without a link to the show or an explanation, the online world went on a rampage, and the #CancelColbert campaign was born. On Monday, Colbert was clear about his feelings on the issue.
“And folks, Internet equality is more important than ever as I learned this weekend when the interwebs tried to swallow me whole,” he opened the show segment. “But I’m proud to say that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me back up like a hastily chewed chicken wing.”
"Who would have thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstanding?" Colbert joked, adding that the “twit hit the fan.”
Somewhat more seriously, Colbert affirmed, “I am not a racist. I don’t even see race, not even my own. People tell me I’m white, and I believe them because I just devoted six minutes to explaining how I’m not a racist. And that is about the whitest thing you can do.”
Colbert also made fun of the many stories online. “Then it was picked up by a small group of Americans who get their information only from Twitter, the news media,” he said.
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