Fans decry Stephen Colbert Asian joke as racist

#CancelColbert or #StandWithStephen?
By Annie Martin  |  Updated March 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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Stephen Colbert has come under fire after The Colbert Report posted an Asian joke out of context on the show's Twitter.

The offending tweet read, "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." The out-of-context joke caused an immediate outpouring of outrage, and the tweet has since been deleted.

The original context of the joke was from Colbert's coverage of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder on The Colbert Report Wednesday. The satirist made the joke after he made fun of Snyder, who recently created the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation "to provide resources that offer genuine opportunities for Tribal communities."

Colbert mocked Snyder's creation as an attempt at positive PR in the face of continued criticism over the team's antiquated name. Many consider "Redskins" to be racist and derogatory.

"Ching-Chong Ding-Dong" is a satirical Asian caricature Colbert has used in the past. The Colbert Report took to Twitter again after the controversy began and attempted to "clarify" the situation. They sardonically included the trending "CancelColbert" hashtag.

Colbert himself has posted a satirical response to the controversy. Both he and The Colbert Report included a video of the episode that included the joke.

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