Stephen Colbert finally got the chance to respond to the racism allegations tied to the trending #CancelColbert, because his last show taped Thursday, leaving him three days before he could respond.
Or as Stephen put it:
“So, in a sense I was cancelled for three days. Just like Jesus.”
While you LOL infinitely over that, Stephen also gave a pretty great defense against the misinterpretation of the tweet in question, which was sent out by the show’s Twitter account out of context:
“Who would have thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings?…Now, the Cancel Colbert people think that even in context, I’m a racist. I just want to say that I’m not a racist. I don’t even see race. Not even my own. People tell me I’m white and I believe them because I just devoted six minutes to explaining how I’m not a racist!…To recap, a web editor I’ve never met posts a tweet in my name on an account I don’t control, outrages a hashtag activist, and the news media gets 72 hours of content. The system worked.”
We’ve got to say he handles the whole situation pretty masterfully.
Throughout the segment, even in character, Stephen makes it clear that you should never attack the satirist, but rather the issue he’s satirizing.
In addition, he made sure his fans stopped attacking the activist who made the #CancelColbert hashtag go viral, and reminded us that the real issue was Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder‘s creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.
Nation, ch-ch-check out his defense (below)!
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