Over the weekend, you might have caught wind of the hashtag #CancelColbert trending on Twitter, or possibly taking part in it either for or against calling for the head of the host of The Colbert Report. This was a result of an out-of-context tweet based on a segment during The Colbert Report that commented on Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation by offering up Colbert’s own joking faux foundation, satirically named “The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
The @colbertreport Twitter account, which, as this post is being written, is inactive and was not an account not controlled by Stephen Colbert himself, tweeted, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” taken out of context from the segment with no link or reference to Colbert’s joke or the story of Dan Snyder’s foundation. Thus, #CancelColbert was started in a similar fashion to the petition written to The White House to cancel Jimmy Kimmel Live over a child’s comment about killing Chinese people.
Last night, Stephen Colbert gave a response that not only explains his position and clears his name (or should anyway), but he managed to do so while still being hysterical and as cunningly witty as he is in character or out. Please watch parts one and two of this amazing response that should end #CancelColbert.