It has been a rough week for Stephen Colbert after #CancelColbert started trending on March 28 after the show’s account tweeted out what came off as a ‘racist’ comment. However, ‘The Colbert Report’ host was able to make light of the situation on March 31 — see his response here!
Stephen Colbert landed on his feet after a controversial and out of context tweet caused for the hashtag #CancelColbert to trend for three days! The Colbert Report host now is firing back and admitting that the tweet almost lead to his defeat.
Stephen Colbert Twitter Controversy
After finding himself in some hot water on March 28, the comedian finally addressed the controversial tweet that was sent from the @ColbertReport account — which Stephen, 49, does not run. The tweet read, “I am willing to show #Asian community that I care introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
“We almost lost me. I’m never going to take me for granted again,” she said on March 31. “The interweb tried to swallow me whole, but I am proud to say that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me up like a hastily-chewed chicken wing. I’m still here. The dark forces’ attempt to silence my core conservative principles mixed with youth friendly product placement have been thwarted.”
Stephen used his personal Twitter account @StephenAtHome to admit that he can see where people’s anger came from.
“When I saw the tweet with no context, I understand how people were offended,” he wrote. Plus, to make sure that this sort of controversy never happens again, the @ColbertReport account has been deleted.
Stephen Colbert Talks #CancelColbert
We definitely believe that Stephen did not send the tweet, since it was not from his personal account. The joke itself was funny — but without the background context (it was about Washington Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder), it was very offensive and we are glad that all parties recognize that. In the future we hope that Stephen’s account will be free of racial remarks. That being said, we think that he handled the situation in a perfect way — he was able to explain himself while doing what he does best, making people laugh!
Watch his full response below, then let us know. Do you think The Colbert Report should be cancelled? Do you think Stephen should have even responded to the Twitter criticism?
— Caitlin Beck