VIDEO: COLBERT Steers Clear of Twitter Controversy, Targets Toddler Demographics Instead
On Wednesday's broadcast of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, host Stephen Colbert poked fun at Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder's recently announced Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Snyder claimed to have formed the charity "to provide resources that offer genuine opportunities for Tribal communities," according to the press release. Colbert joked that the creation of the foundation was just a scheme to score some positive PR points for the Redskins, whose team name has been accused of being racist by numerous people.
On Thursday, the Colbert Report's twitter account further extended the joke by posting the following tweet:
"I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."- The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) March 27, 2014.
"Ching-Chong Ding-Dong", Colbert's Asian persona he often assumes on the comedy show, appeared in Wednesday night's segment.
Many twitter users were offended by the nature of the tweet, and the hastag #CancelColbert began trending on the social media site. The tweet has since been deleted, and it has been reported that Colbert did not write the controversial statement. In fact, The Colbert Report twitter account responded to the controversy by posting this statement:
Colbert himself also reacted to the stirred anger, and tweeted the following from his personal account:
"#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome" - Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) March 28th, 2014.
On last night's broadcast, Colbert chose to steer clear of the controversy and instead mocked ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today show for their new social media rooms, with a segment he called "Stephen targets the hip, young toddler demographic." Check it out below!