Stephen Colbert Deactivates Show's Twitter Account Following Tweet Controversy
"Colbert Report" Twitter account which recently caused controversy resulting in #CancelColbert campaign has been removed from the social networking site. Stephen Colbert has teamed up with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone who appeared in Monday, March 31 episode of his show to deactivate the account.
The #CancelColbert controversy started on Thursday when a tweet from the account was deemed racist toward Asian community. "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever," read the offensive tweet.
Colbert then responded to the backlash on his account, tweeting, "#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome." The Colbert Report account then added, "This is a Comedy Central account, with no oversight from Stephen/show."
The comedian/actor also addressed the misunderstanding in the Monday show. Colbert previously satirized Daniel Snyder's new charity, The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, by jokingly announced that he founded the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever. The joke, however, was posted on the account without context or video.
"Who would have thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings?" he said. "CNN even took a break from their Malaysian airliner coverage to report spotting what they thought was the wreckage of my show off the coast of Australia."
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