NATION! Stephen Colbert has responded to the controversy over a joke he had made on the Twitter page of "The Colbert Report" that many have deemed offensive and racist against Asian people.
The tweet, which was posted on Thursday and referenced the name of a character he had played in a 2005 episode of "The Colbert Report," was later deleted but angry Twitter users spurred the hashtag #CancelColbert to trend. The 50-year-old Emmy-winning host of the satirical news show used it in his response.
"#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome," he tweeted on his personal account on Thursday night
In his tweet, Colbert also shared a link to a segment from Wednesday's episode, in which he had made a similar remark while mocking Dan Synder, the owner of Washington Redskins, whose name has also raised eyebrows. Snyder recently said he would not change it and would also create an organization to help Native Americans. The show's controversial tweet did not contain any information about that.
"Racist humor comes from racism"
"I'm both deeply offended by @StephenAtHome's racist tweet & shocked to learn that 'Stephen Colbert' is a satirical character. #CancelColbert," user @vpmattsaxe tweeted.
"#CancelColbert because racist humor comes from racism.," another Twitter user, @suey_park 16h, said.
Others defended Colbert. Twitter user @executioneer tweeted: " #cancelcolbert for doing.. the exact same schtick he's been doing for 8 years? Really, people? Y'all think Onion articles are serious too?
" #cancelcolbert The official hashtag for people who get angry at things they can't understand," said @TheRealMatteson.
The official Twitter account of "The Colbert Report" also responded to the backlash, tweeting: "For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert."
(Pictured above: Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's satirical news show "The Colbert Report," appears with his two Emmys for Outstanding Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series at the 2013 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. He's got five others at home. Credit: Kyle Rover / Startraksphoto.com)
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