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On last 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. However it was later reported that Colbert did not write the controversial statement and he himself reacted to the stirred anger, from his personal Twitter account posting: "#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome" - Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) March 28th, 2014.
Last night, the late night host returned to his show with an epic rebuttal to the #CancelColbert controversy, starting out with a dream sequence opening in which Twitter activism actually did succeed in canceling his show. Colbert went on declare, "The dark forces trying to silence my message of core conservative principles mixed with youth-friendly product placement have been thwarted."
Colbert, who said "the interwebs tried to swallow me whole," explained that it wasn't him, but the "brain trust" over at his network that posted the offending, out-of-context tweet. He assured viewers he's not a racist, that "people tell me I'm white and I believe them because I just spend six minutes explaining how I'm not a racist!"
Colbert also pointed out that while everyone was busy being outraged at him, there was no outrage over the original source of the controversy, Redskins owner Dan Snyder's charity, "which Twitter seems to be fine with, because I haven't seen shit about that!"
Check out clips from last night's show below!