Colbert Report canceled! (Only in Stephen Colbert's dreams)
After a weekend of allegations about his racism and Twitter's #CancelColbert hashtag, Colbert strikes back (with context)
Tue Apr 1 2014
Photograph: REX USA
If the Internet was a country, outrage would be its No. 1 export, followed closely by adorable cat videos. Stephen Colbert taped his first show after Twitter blew up late last week with the #CancelColbert hashtag, and he dedicated about 15 minutes to explaining and defending himself against those who spent the weekend calling him a racist.
Last night's jokes are a lot about context (or the absence thereof), making mention of how disturbing the ostensible recommendation of Jonathan Swift's satiric classic, "A Modest Proposal," would sound without supporting material. Of Twitter, Colbert quipped, "Who would have thought that a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstanding?"
If you missed all of this outrage, here’s how it got started: Last Wednesday, in the middle of calling attention to the insensitive name of NFL team owner Daniel Snyder's Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, Colbert—the character, naturally—announced he would start the "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." Which, when tweeted out of context by Comedy Central's @stephencolbert account, understandably did not come across well.
One thing to mention: The @colbertreport account has been deleted. Colbert's personal account, @stephenathome, is still up. Watch the full episode from last night here.
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