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Entertainment Weekly: Joke playing on Asian American stereotypes spawns #cancelColbert movement

Entertainment Weekly reports a tweet from Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert that many considered racist has sparked the hashtag #CancelColbert.

The message posted earlier today has since been deleted. But EW published the screen grab below.

Colbert Tweet

In fairness to Colbert, the tweet may have been taken out of context. But given that it was Colbert or an associate of Colbert who tweeted it out, he has only himself to blame.

The tweet was a joke from Wednesday night’s show in which Colbert was poking fun of Washington  Redskins owner Dan Snyder who announced that in response to the controversy over his team’s name, he was establishing a foundation to help Native Americans.

You can check out reaction to Colbert’s tweet on Entertainment Weekly.

Thursday night, Colbert responded to the controversy with another tweet.

<blockquote lang=”en”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CancelColbert&amp;src=hash”>#CancelColbert</a> – I agree! Just saw <a href=”https://twitter.com/ColbertReport”>@ColbertReport</a> tweet. I share your rage.&#10;Who is that, though? I&#39;m <a href=”https://twitter.com/StephenAtHome”>@StephenAtHome</a> &#10;<a href=”http://t.co/e0Pqz7U7i9″>http://t.co/e0Pqz7U7i9</a></p>&mdash; Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) <a href=”https://twitter.com/StephenAtHome/statuses/449396208533270529″>March 28, 2014</a></blockquote>
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