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Television PopWrapped | Television

Goodbye Stephen? Angry Critics Demand The Colbert Report Be Cancelled After Tweet

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03/28/2014 9:29 pm
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Goodbye Stephen? Angry Critics Demand The Colbert Report Be Cancelled After Tweet
Media Courtesy of The Urban Daily
 
Courtesy of The Urban Daily
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Matthew Jenner Staff Writer @MovieUnchained

Of all the television late night show hosts, the one least likely to be protested against and demanded to be cancelled is Stephen Colbert. His cutting-edge satire and wonderful sense of humor have made him one of the most beloved and influential entertainers today. But that didn't stop the outcry following a segment on the show that many people considered racially insensitive. On Thursday, a tweet came out on the Colbert Report Twitter account that said:
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  This tweet was in response to Wednesday's episode that tackled The Washington Redskins' owner Dan Snyder's motion to create a foundation for the sensitivity of Native Americans, based on the team's controversial name. This bit of satire was criticized by many, who claimed this actually made Colbert's conservative persona seem too insensitive, and questioned if there actually was a limit to what someone like Colbert, in such a beloved position, can say. Subsequently, the hashtag #CancelColbert trended, with many calling for the show to be cancelled as a whole. A bit harsh, no? Well, many Twitter users feel this protest is for a worthy cause. Many readers who don't find any humor in the comment feel like Colbert has taken the idea of lampooning the right wing a bit too far, and he needs to be cancelled because his influence is causing negative thought and creating more hatred and insensitivity in an already divided world. Readers who did find the comment harmless point out that Colbert has been using the character of Ching-Chong Ding-Dong for years when addressing racism and even parodying the character's own racism, and that there was really no ill-intent behind the tweet. However, these notions that the comment came from the mind of Colbert of his writers went unfounded - a response from those concerned came eventually, when Colbert on his official Twitter account (@StephenAtHome) commented and said he was unaware of that comment and had not made it himself, nor does he know who the culprit responsible is. Colbert himself does not run the Colbert Report Twitter account, as the account confirmed that it is run by Comedy Central: https://twitter.com/ColbertReport/status/449395265251078144 Colbert  has distanced himself from the character on many occasions, making it clear that there is a clear difference between the persona on television and the real Stephen Colbert. Comedy Central has yet to comment on this matter, but we can be sure that this matter will most likely be lampooned by Colbert himself on the show sometime soon. Unless it's cancelled...

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