Yesterday evening, the Colbert Report Twitter account tweeted: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” Of course the internet reacted appropriately, with feigned outrage and righteous indignation, and created a hashtag #CancelColbert, shortly thereafter, the Tweet was speedily removed. Colbert quickly jumped on Twitter from his personal account and tweeted this: “#CancelColbert – I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I’m @StephenAtHome,”.
Of course, Comedy central got in on the debauchery, and came to their host’s defense, tweeting through the Colbert Report account: “This is a Comedy Central account, with no oversight from Stephen/show.”, and then the account tweeted “For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert.”. Colbert and Comedy Central handled the situation expertly, by using the hashtag #CancelColbert in their tweets, apologizing and defending Colbert himself.
The real question here is, what is all the fuss over? The Colbert Report’s tweet was a follow-up joke that Colbert did on his show, basically making light of the Washington Redskins’ new charity that is supposed to make people feel better about their supposed racist name.
In my opinion, this is just another case of the internet unnecessarily jumping on the bandwagon of something they do not understand. The Colbert Report is satirical comedy, meant to push society’s definition of what is acceptable, and what is not. Let me say this, I do not think that Stephen Colbert was being a racist with his skit on the Colbert show, nor do I think that whomever was running his show’s twitter account was being racist either.
People need to chill out, take a step back, and realize that not everything in our world today, is meant to be taken so seriously. Racism is horrible, and sadly, still very real and active in our society. However, people like Stephen Colbert, are simply trying to bring light to a negative and bad situation; Stephen Colbert is not a racist. Neither is Washington Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder, in my opinion. So, before you decide to ignorantly jump on someone’s case, try and educate yourself first. Also, it’s the internet, 99% of its content is incorrect, and you should take it as such.
Let me know your thoughts on this, in the comments below.