Twitter users erupted in outrage Thursday night after the The Colbert Report's Twitter account sent out a tweet that many found to be highly offensive (or at least much more offensive than The Colbert Report's usual jokes).
"I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever," the now-deleted tweet read.
The tweet was a quote from a Wednesday Colbert Report segment that mocked the Washington Redskins owner's charity effort, the Redskins' Original Americans foundation ("because Redskins is only offensive if you use it once in your name"). Stephen Colbert then created a fictional mascot based on Asian stereotypes, Ching Chong Ding Dong and the "Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever" to highlight the absurdity of the Redskins' attempt to defuse the criticism of their racist name.
Out of context, however, Twitter users were enraged, quickly accusing the show of racism and calling for its cancellation with the hashtag #CancelColbert. Some have even accused Colbert himself of racism, forcing the host and the show to clarify that the show's Twitter account of Colbert's satirical, ultra-conservative TV persona is not written by the comedian, who maintains his personal account at @StephenAtHome.
Colbert did weigh in on the call to action, tweeting: "#CancelColbert — I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome"
Watch the original segment below. Do you think the joke was in bad taste?