By Shawn Gakhal
The hashtag #CancelColbert trended worldwide last week when Stephen Colbert’s TV Twitter account tweeted an offensive remark about the Asian community.
The tweet read: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong-Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
Twitter activist Suey Park created the hashtag #CancelColbert and sparked the movement to get the show cancelled.
“White people—please keep #CancelColbert trending until there’s an apology,” Park’s tweet read. “This is NOT the burden of people of color. Fix it. Do something.”
Colbert insisted that he didn’t even tweet it and that it emanated from the show’s Twitter account.
The tweet was in regards to Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s new foundation called The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.
Snyder has recently been under intense scrutiny from the media, racial equality groups and fans alike for his continued use of the moniker Redskins in the team name. “Redskin” is seen as an offensive slur in the Native American community.
Colbert responded last Monday with a bit of levity and his trademark sense of humor.
“The interwebs tried to swallow me whole,” Colbert said. “But I am proud to say that I got lodged in its throat, and it hacked me back up like a hastily chewed chicken wing.”
He continued on, satirically stating, “Who would have thought that a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings.”
While Colbert escaped this controversy relatively unscathed, this whole ordeal goes to show the grassroots power that social media can have.
Since “The Colbert Report” debuted back in October 2005, his shtick of imitating a Republican has perpetually confused those not familiar with his type of humor and character.
Colbert ended his usual hilarious rant with the fact that the Twitter controversy ramped up over the weekend, and he had to wait until Monday to finally address it.
“In a sense, I was canceled for three days,” Colbert said. “Just like Jesus.”