#CancelColbert: Comedian Stephen Colbert under fire for racially offensive tweet from his Comedy Central show’s account

The official Twitter account for The Colbert Report posted this yesterday

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.

However, Mr Colbert himself had nothing to do with the post, and later tweeted from his personal account:

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…

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