Stephen Colbert Crushes Those Calling for His Show to be Canceled Over “Offensive” Tweet

stephen-colbertI think I’ve made myself pretty clear about my disdain for people who are overly politically correct.  While I get the need to be sensitive towards some issues, it’s gotten to a point where I feel like sometimes people can’t say anything anymore without it offending someone.  Which I always find funny in a country like the United States where both liberals and conservatives go on and on about freedom of speech – yet both sides will often throw a fit when anybody says anything that they disagree with or find offensive.

Heck, it’s getting to the point where people can’t even say jokes anymore without the PC police throwing a hissy fit about it.

Take for instance the movement that sprang up last week by some on Twitter seeking the cancellation of The Colbert Report following an “offensive” tweet posted on the Comedy Central page for the show.

The tweet read:

“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

Now anyone who’s ever watched The Colbert Report knows that Stephen Colbert’s character on the show is essentially 100% satire.  This tweet was a satirical response to Dan Snyder’s new foundation called the Washington Redskins Original Americans foundation.  The basic point being that the term “redskin” is deemed racist towards Native Americans by some so it’s ridiculous that Snyder would start a foundation for Native Americans – with the offensive name being included.

This spurred the “#CancelColbert” movement that briefly swept across the Internet and mainstream media.

Well, Colbert responded to these people last night by first pointing out that the tweet wasn’t sent out by him, because he doesn’t have any control over Comedy Central’s Twitter account for the show.  He then went on to mock the coverage this “story” had received from several blogs and even the mainstream media.

Colbert then hammered people on Twitter who overreacted to this situation by saying he was, “shutting down the worldwide operations of the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever” and donating all proceeds to Dan Snyder’s Washington Redskins Original Americans foundation “which Twitter seems to be fine with, because I haven’t seen shit about that.”

I just think the people who were actually offended by this need to lighten up a bit.  The entire tweet was meant to mock Snyder’s foundation by using offensive language in a fake foundation to show how ridiculous it is that Snyder created a foundation for Native Americans that includes a name many of them find highly offensive.

Then when you factor in the reality that Colbert was called a racist by some of these people, even though he had nothing to do with the tweet, it shows how quickly some people respond to situations with a knee-jerk emotional reaction without really knowing what the hell they’re talking about.

I believe these people clearly overreacted and I think Colbert’s response was spot-on.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Ebony Iceis Mabine

    I LOVE Colbert.

  • Phil the observer

    I don’t want to live on a planet where people don’t have a sense of humor/satire…So ship the all off to some planet called Boring PC 420

    • Jesterwitch

      And I don’t want to live on a planet that’s insensitive and racist to people of color, who haven’t always had the systematic privileges that white people have been allowed their whole existence. Talk to any person of color and ask them.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Colbert does exactly that by skewering Dan Snyder.

      • Morgan TC

        You do realize the term “witch” from your screen name is a derogatory word for non-Christians from Northern Europe who were often killed for their beliefs by people using that term to dehumanize them? I find it funny that you would venture to throw stones at Colbert while using such offensive language yourself…

      • Gumball

        The term “witch” isn’t offensive. When was the last time anyone got offended by being called a witch? DERP. The correct answer is…never. A bit of a stretch don’t you think? Where do you people come from?

        Let’s talk about the word Morgan. One of its meanings is “of the sea”. Every year the sea kills hundreds of people. You must like to kill people too since your name is Morgan. See how dumb you sound?

      • Morgan TC

        OK Gumball!!! I am going to attempt to maintain civility here. My name, given at birth is Morgan… That is NOT a chosen screen name… My last name is Corey… Why is this important here you ask? GO GOOGLE GILES & MARTHA COREY, MY ANCESTORS, AND THEN YOU COME BACK HERE AND TELL ME THAT TERM IS NOT OFFENSIVE!!! HOW DUMB DO YOU SOUND NOW!!!

      • James

        Wow you`re one wacky little ball of crazy aren`t you?A self-hating
        ‘progressive’ (lol) a hair trigger away from full blown psychosis.Here`s
        my prescription for you Corey crazy-pants,take a long moonlit walk through
        downtown Detroit and give a big hug + reach-around to the first brutha
        you see.

      • Morgan TC

        Bullies… Act tough but can never truly fight… Talk nasty but never have anything intelligent to say… Same archetype humanity has been triumphing over since the dawn of time…

      • James

        Faggots…suck cock and swallow…

        LMAO carefull there cupcake.You might break a nail with all that tough talk….

        What an entertaining little priss you are.Take care and make sure the black guys wear condoms…

      • Morgan TC

        Wow! You really cannot defend yourself on the intellectual front can you? Just hollow threats from behind a screen of glass and puerile insults. The sad thing is guys like you are not tough… You are not men… If you were, you would not need to come to places like this with the intent to bash others from a position of being anonymous. You seek to spread hate and dissent within the family of humanity. I cannot hate a being such as you, but I can feel sorry for how horribly twisted ignorance has left your mind. Grew up child! Humanity is waiting for you to come join in. When and if you do, I would welcome you with an open hand. Until that time… Stew in your own hate… The world has bigger problems.

      • Seth Bailey

        I think it’s time for you to w00tle on back to Tumblr, Jesterwitch. You clearly don’t “get” satire and how effective it can be in enacting social change.

      • James

        It`s not privilege,it`s ownership.Like it or not,white people built western civilization.Black ‘people’,who seem incapable of building anything of their own,are destroying the before mentioned civilization by their very presence in it.When the white man finally regrows his testicles and puts his ungrateful former pets back in chains life will be better for all,you sad self hating wench you.

      • Morgan TC

        I feel bad for beings such as you… Your heart so full of hate… Hate is a poison that infects us from within and it eats away our humanity… It leaves nothing but hate… Hate of all things… Including ourselves. A being such as yourself comes to a place such as this for the “rise” you will get from others. The hate you expect to be leveled at you, you hope to use as fuel for your growing anger. This anger you hope will distract you from the feelings of deep self loathing you torture yourself with. So deeply ingrained are these feelings, that you more then likely are not even aware they exist. So again I say, I feel bad for you and hope someday you find the source of that poison inside yourself and cleanse your heart of its stain… Because until you do… You will never find peace with yourself… The outside world… Or your own existence… And until that time you certainly cannot be considered “civilized”….

      • James

        Lol silly hippy.Should I feel guilty for being better?Race mixing is a kin to mixing sh!t and ice cream.It may indeed improve the sh!t,but totally sours the ice cream.If YOU want to defile yourself with a lower primate that`s YOUR business,but I`m certain there are better choices out there as far as animal d!ck goes.Horses for instance give that bestiality thrill without the risk of rainbow babies.

      • Morgan TC

        I have not heard of any “James” beating Jon Jones in an MMA match nor besting Niel DeGrasse Tyson in a televised debate on matters of intellect nor leading the free world… No… “James” is too busy demonstrating his “being better” as an web forum bully… Keep it classy my friend… Keep it classy 😉

      • jdunaway65

        Seriously? I can’t believe there are still “people” as backward and ignorant as you that survived into the 21st century…

    • Asher B. Garber

      420 does not belong in the name of a planet made for people who have no sense of humor.

  • estfar

    I support the Colbert Show 100%..those offended live in a country where they don’t have to turn him or or follow. So use that option if your sense of humor is tuck in limbo. Join the crazies who prefer to be miserable and who’ve forgotten to laugh….that is unless they are laughing at the poor. STEPHEN COLBERT FAN ALL THE WAY!!!!

  • NorCalWino

    Oh brother. I’m Asian and I think it’s funny. The problem with The Colbert Report is that sometimes it ends up going over people’s heads… case in point.

    • Seth Bailey

      If this stuff has proven anything, it’s that faux-social justice Tumblr slacktivist dorks are just as devoid of humor and self-awareness as the conservatards Colbert usually mocks.

  • Eddie Krebbs

    1) Tweet and skit on show were obviously a satire at the failed attempt of the Redskins to deflect criticism by paying for a foundation. 2) Somehow I suspect that those calling for Colbert’s dismissal are the ones who have been stung by his satire – not people who have any concern with racial sensitivity.

  • Seth Bailey

    If there is any group that is anywhere near as humorless and pathetic as the conservatives Colbert usually mocks, it’s gotta be the faux-social justice Tumblr slacktivist “white man’s burden 2.0” crew. Ever notice how 95%+ of the people who were actually offended by this were white people? |

    Social justice is cool, don’t get me wrong, and I totally support it but I just really hate dumb, white, privileged trust fund Gen-X/Y/Millennial pseudohipsters who think it’s their job to get offended for non-white people.

    • Seth Bailey

      Pro tip: Satire like Colbert’s is wayyyyyyyyyy more effective at changing things than hashtivism (which, if it isn’t a word for people who think passing around a hashtag buzzword will change things already, it should be).

  • Jamie Mount

    Stephen Colbert: My Hero

  • Dana

    You’re white, right?

    I don’t want Colbert’s show canceled and once I heard the back story on the tweet I understood exactly where he was coming from. If you read the essay “A Modest Proposal” and you are tone-deaf on satire you would think Jonathan Swift was coming down on poor Irish and sincerely suggesting eating their babies. But he wasn’t. He was making fun of the wealthy who were predating on Irish misery and making it worse. Similarly here, Colbert was making fun of the owner of the Washington Redacted who thought starting a cheap little foundation would make up for him being a racist ass.

    People took Colbert’s tweet out of context. I get that. But you have to stop and think about this too:


    Don’t you think after a while you’d be a *little* bit sick of that?

    You know, they get it by now. Colbert’s staying and not everyone agrees with them. You don’t then have to come along and be an a**hole and kick dirt over them and say, “SEE, I GUESS I TOLD YOU.”

    Quit it. Until you’ve lived a lifetime of constant attacks, verbal or otherwise, for being born the wrong color, you don’t know where this anger is coming from, nor do you care. So go pick on some more teabaggers because right now you’re beating up the wrong side.