“Colbert Report” Ignites Outrage With Deleted Asian Joke Tweet

A satirical tweet from @ColbertReport was deleted Thursday after receiving sharp backlash, but not before the #CancelColbert hashtag started trending.

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On Wednesday’s episode of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert poked fun at Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for refusing to change the name of the NFL team, while starting a foundation for “genuine” Native American issues. After the show aired, the @ColbertReport Twitter account tweeted a joke from the segment to its 1 million followers: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

The tweet sparked outrage and was later deleted, but not before the #CancelColbert hashtag began trending:

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