Stephen Colbert Strikes Back at Asian Tweet Controversy: The Dark Forces Have Been Thwarted (Video)

Stephen Colbert Strikes Back at Asian Tweet Controversy: The Dark Forces Have Been Thwarted (Video)

“I just want to say that I'm not a racist — I don't even see race. Not even my own,” Colbert pleaded to viewers Monday

What a difference a tweet made.

Stephen Colbert triumphantly returned Monday night to answer critics who created the viral hashtag #CancelColbert over a controversial @ColbertReport tweet that took one of his jokes out of context.

“…The interwebs tried to swallow me whole,” Colbert said. “But I am proud to say that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me back up like a hastily chewed chicken wing!”

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“The dark forces trying to silence my message of core conservative principles mixed with youth-friendly product placement have been thwarted!” Colbert exclaimed to cheers.

Colbert humorously acknowledged it was a close call.

“Folks, I'm not gonna lie, we almost lost me,” Colbert conceded. “I'm never going to take me for granted ever again.”

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Colbert explained that a Comedy Central promotional Twitter account, @ColbertReport, had sent the tweet that caused all the trouble.

The Comedy Central controlled Twitter account, @ColbertReport, tweeted a joke he made on his show absent any context or video: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

“Who would have thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings?” he asked.

Colbert told fans to back off attacking the activist who created the #CancelColbert hashtag.

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“If anyone is doing that for me, I want you to stop right now,” he said. “She's just speaking her mind. That's what Twitter's for, as well as ruining the ending of every show I haven't watched yet.”

Colbert also hit back at people who still thought he was racist beyond the tweet faux pas.

“Now, the Cancel Colbert people think that even in context, I'm a racist,” Colbert explained. “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!”

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Later in the program, Colbert, with the help of Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, deleted @ColbertReport once and for all.

Watch Colbert respond to the controversy below:

  • A native person

    Lib's get a pass like usual, if this was someone on Fox News or any other opposite political affiliation the Alphabet Soup of the Mainstream media would gobble them up.

    • tyndalleffect

      While this is true, don't pretend that you are outraged now lol. Either its okay when people do it or not. I agree people shouldn't be able to pick and choose along party lines.

    • Jennifer Fiche

      So daft. He was satirizing a conservative. As usual, the humor is lost on the humorless.

    • Bunz

      Of course he gets a pass for something taken out of context from a tweet he didnt even write.

    • NoShitSherlock

      Of course they would, because Fox News is supposed (key word, “supposed”) to be NEWS, not a satirical comedy program.

    • der Meistersinger

      A native idiot.

    • Daniel Schegh

      “Like usual”. That means you have specific examples. Give examples of “non-libs” who were destroyed by comments taken out of context, and other “libs” given a “free pass” on their comments. A statistical comparison would be preferred, as you are indicating a statistical bias. Show me your data on this. Or do you think perhaps you a committing confirmation bias?

      I've seen comments taken out of context many times, and no bias one way or the other on the outcome on whether people backed off or not once corrected.

  • agentalbert

    Pretty dumb-faux controversey, but libs created the hyper-sensitivity to everything, its amusing to see that environment blowback in the face of one of their own.

    • victor soma

      everyone with a brain knew the cancelcolbert thing was pathetic. It was all the teabagger types who pretended to care about asians that was the real joke.

  • Michael Difani

    I appreciate the almost funereal “Adagio for Strings” at the beginning. I'm so tired of politically correct dogma, as applied to race and ancestry. After five years of army active duty including 30 mos. in W. Germany in the early 60s, I was a student at UC San Diego and San Diego State Univ. At the time there were far more black and Mexican students than Asian, and I was much more at home with army, marine vets from northern European ancestry who were in ‘Nam, W. Germany or in another service. The big terms then were Black Power and Chicano Power who made the most noise. How the decades since have changed…and it's not all positive.