Stephen Colbert has finally responded to the hashtag #CancelColbert, which was trending last week on Twitter. In true “Colbert Report” fashion, he did it in character as a pompous blowhard conservative who “doesn’t see race.” A quick recap for those of you who were down a hole all weekend: in response to a news segment about racism towards Native Americans, someone from the Comedy Central Twitter account tweeted a joke about Asians referencing an older skit from a prior Colbert show about racism. Some people on Twitter freaked out over the perceived racist slight and created the hashtag #CancelColbert, which eventually started trending. Although at least from what I could see, many folks tweeting it were saying not to cancel “Colbert.”
On last night’s show in a segment called “Who’s Attacking Me Now?”, Stephen Colbert responded to #CancelColbert … or, as he put it, “the dark forces trying to silence my message.”
Although Colbert joked around about the absurdity of the attempt to get his program cancelled via a Twitter hashtag, he acknowledged that without the context of either joke being referenced, he understood why people were offended: “Who would have thought that a means of communication limited to 140 characters would lead to misunderstanding?” Then, because blood needed to be shed, he sadly shut-down the (non-existent) Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation For Sensitivity To Orientals Or Whatever. It’s pretty excellent:
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