Stephen Colbert denies racist tweet

Comedian Stephen Colbert arrives at the White House in Washington on February 11, 2014 for the...

Comedian Stephen Colbert arrives at the White House in Washington on February 11, 2014 for the state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. Hollande is on a three-day visit to the US. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM

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TV funnyman Stephen Colbert is in a lot of hot water after a controversial tweet was sent out from the verified Twitter account for "The Colbert Report."

The post, tweeted Thursday, said "I am willing to show the #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."

The tweet, which was later deleted, was a joke from Wednesday night’s show in which Colbert (in full context) was mocking Redskins owner Dan Snyder for responding to complaints about his team name by announcing a foundation to help Native Americans. Without the context and not knowing about the show, online followers were outraged by what they thought was a racist tweet, and the hashtag #CancelColbert began to trend.

Stephen Colbert has since responded to the controversy by distancing himself from the tweet, explaining that his Twitter account and the show's account are separate entities.

Here's a sampling of the response from Twitter users, and Colbert's response:


The original 'Colbert Report' tweet


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