Last week, people that were not familiar with Stephen Colbert's form of satire, sarcastic comedy took one of his jokes way out of context and started a Twitter controversy. This week on his Comedy Central (notice the word "comedy" in the network name) show The Colbert Report, the award-winning host addressed the controversy and the "#CancelColbert" Twitter trend.
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The controversy started when the official Colbert Report Twitter accounted posted this rather controversial tweet:
@ColbertReport: "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."
People took the quote out of context and the hashtag #CancelColbert began trending on Twitter. Eventually Colbert had to respond from his own personal account:
Comedy Central also tweeted:
But now he went on air to address the controversy.
In his first show since Twitter activists called for his cancellation, Stephen Colbert devoted an entire segment to the #cancelcolbert hashtag that blew up last week. The controversy was ignited by an out-of-context tweet from the Colbert Report Twitter account, which isn't controlled by Colbert himself.
"That ends that controversy," Colbert said in the segment. "I just pray that no one tweets about the time I said that Rosa Parks was overrated, Hitler had some good ideas, or ran a cartoon during Black History Month showing President Obama teaming up with the Ku Klux Klan because, man, that sounds pretty bad out of context."