Comedian Stephen Colbert has been provoked a storm on Twitter with calls for his show to be cancelled after the official account for his Colbert Report show posted an offensive joke.
The line was taken from a skit about the offensive nature of the name of the Washington Redskins, but was interpreted as a racist joke poking fun at Asian people when taken out of context.
The ‘joke’ was quickly deleted after an online backlash saw the post go viral and the hashtag #CancelColbert began trending on Twitter.
The tweet was posted by The Colbert Report, an account run by Comedy Central to promote the comedian’s show, on Thursday.
Suey Park, a freelance writer and online activist, was quick to pick up on the post and, believing Mr Colbert himself to be behind the tweet, demanded the show be cancelled.
She wrote: ‘The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals has decide to call for #CancelColbert. Trend it.’
Hundreds backed up Ms Park’s request, accusing Colbert of being racist and oppressive…