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"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."

For those that need a recap on the latest reason to #CancelColbert.

Suey Park@suey_park

For those that need a recap on the latest reason to #CancelColbert.

02:19 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

#CancelColbert because white liberals are just as complicit in making Asian Americans into punchlines and we aren't amused.

Suey Park@suey_park

#CancelColbert because white liberals are just as complicit in making Asian Americans into punchlines and we aren't amused.

01:57 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@suey_park all these articles about #CancelColbert say he's "accused of racism" instead of saying he "made a racist remark" ughhh

Izzy@accioizzy

@suey_park all these articles about #CancelColbert say he's "accused of racism" instead of saying he "made a racist remark" ughhh

06:02 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I just dont understand whats so hard about admitting @redskins is racist, without throwing other groups under the bus? #cancelcolbert

Dani@xodanix3

I just dont understand whats so hard about admitting @redskins is racist, without throwing other groups under the bus? #cancelcolbert

02:37 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Dear White Colbert Liberal "Colorlblind" Apologist Fans, I KNOW what satire is. Problem is YOU DONT know what racism is. #CancelColbert

Aisha Salaam@Aisha6Salaam

Dear White Colbert Liberal "Colorlblind" Apologist Fans, I KNOW what satire is. Problem is YOU DONT know what racism is. #CancelColbert

06:02 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The @ColbertReport account responded late Thursday saying the account "is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show" and apologized for the confusion, but not the tweet.

For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert

The Colbert Report@ColbertReport

For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert

08:59 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Stephen Colbert's account @StephenAtHome responded, "I share your rage."

#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome http://t.co/e0Pqz7U7i9

Stephen Colbert@StephenAtHome

#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage.
Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome
http://t.co/e0Pqz7U7i9

09:03 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

About 30 minutes later, the @ColbertReport tweeted again that the account has no connection to Stephen Colbert or his show.

This is a Comedy Central promotional account, with no oversight from Stephen or his show, that quoted a line out of context. #cancelcolbert

The Colbert Report@ColbertReport

This is a Comedy Central promotional account, with no oversight from Stephen or his show, that quoted a line out of context. #cancelcolbert

09:29 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"We want an apology," responded Twitter user Suey Park, who helped start the #CancelColbert hashtag.

.@ColbertReport We want an apology. #CancelColbert

Suey Park@suey_park

.@ColbertReport We want an apology. #CancelColbert

12:32 AM - 28 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And others responded on Twitter that they wanted an apology too.

@suey_park how hard is it for people to just apologize? The ego is toxic. We just want validation. Its not hard guys. #CancelColbert

Tiffany@xiuxiumogwai

@suey_park how hard is it for people to just apologize? The ego is toxic. We just want validation. Its not hard guys. #CancelColbert

06:38 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

While some noted that since the @ColbertReport is verified it was a cop out to suggest there was no connection to the show.

That @verified check mark clearly says otherwise. #CancelColbert

Mike Benedict@mikeyb310

That @verified check mark clearly says otherwise. #CancelColbert

09:01 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Watch the full segment from Wednesday's episode of The Colbert Report.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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