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#CancelColbert?: Comedy Central Host Caught in Twitter Backlash

 

#CancelColbert?: Comedy Central Host Caught in Twitter Backlash

 

Where does satire end and racism begin? If you ask the proponents of the hashtag #cancelcolbert (which has been spreading like wildfire across both Twitter and Facebook since late last night), the answer is an "offensive" tweet posted by the account @ColbertReport yesterday. The tweet in question has since been deleted, but nothing ever really leaves the Internet, so here's a screenshot:

#CancelColbert?: Comedy Central Host Caught in Twitter Backlash

On the surface, that does seem pretty racially charged, and also seems very random. That is until one stops to perform even the most cursory of background research, which it seems most Twitter users who quickly jumped on the #cancelcolbert campaign didn't bother to do.

The quote (taken from Wednesday's episode of 'The Colbert Report') was a jab aimed at Dan Snyder, team owner of the NFL's Washington Redskins. Snyder has been receiving much public pressure for awhile now to change his team's name, a racial epithet which even the Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries define as being a dated, offensive term for Native Americans.

However, instead of changing the name, Snyder recently announced the formation of a new charity called "The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation," apparently assuming taking that action would end the controversy.

In context, Colbert's above remark is clearly a jab at the ridiculousness of trying to make nice with those offended by the Redskins name by creating a charity with that name in the title. Unfortunately, @ColbertReport chose to post the quote without context, ultimately leading to the current kerfuffle.

#CancelColbert?: Comedy Central Host Caught in Twitter Backlash

That said, shouldn't Colbert be held responsible for what's posted on his Twitter account? Sure, except that @ColbertReport is not Colbert's personal Twitter account. That would be @stephenathome. As Comedy Central pointed out early this morning, @ColbertReport is a promotional account maintained by the network itself, and neither Stephen Colbert or the writers/producers of the 'Report' post on it, or exercise any editorial control over it.

To sum up, the entire #cancelcolbert campaign appears to be based on misinformation and lack of context. The only person who seems to be at fault here is the Comedy Central employee who elected to tweet a racially charged joke sans the context in which it was made.

Does 'The Colbert Report' deserve to be canceled? Well, that's a matter of opinion. Should Stephen Colbert be the target of an online witch hunt over a tweet he didn't even post? The logical answer to that question is no.


Details
Person:
- Stephen Colbert
Show:
- The Colbert Report
Network:
- Comedy Central

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Mar 27th, 2014, 11:23 pm

Images courtesy of Comedy Central

Morning_Star
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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 12:44 pm

I am shocked that people on the Internet made knee-jerk reactions concerning something without allowing the breathing room to investigate and were motivated to take drastic action before doing the proper research. And by "shocked" I mean, "What else is new?"

CommanderBalok
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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 4:58 am

Voting money for Ukraine lets Obama put his thumb in Putin's eye, which he very much wants to do after Putin's diplomatic manhandling in recent months. Voting money for Detroit lets Obama... well, I'm sure it must let him do something... no? That explains it, then.

kieran82

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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 2:54 am

People always jump at something and never investigate it more.

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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 1:03 am

Joke and context in 140 chars?

Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 12:40 am
"the entire #cancelcolbert campaign appears to be based on misinformation and lack of context." How wrong can one person be? The campaign is based on kneejerk POLITICAL CORRECTNESS! Finally the "left" gets to see it's foolishness in full glory. Not that there is a real left or right anymore, just brainless fools blindly accepting damn near everything they are told by the masters. Where is the anger and outrage at US voting the Ukraine 18 BILLION dollars in aid and NOTHING for Detroit which is looking like Lebanon these days. Could it be Detroit is majority POOR BLACK? Phil Ochs wrote a song LOVE ME I'M A LIBERAL, later updated by Jello Biafra. It points out the hypocrisy of Liberal populism. NOT true Liberalism, but the clingers.
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