Stephen Colbert’s Joke Gone Wrong Leads to #CancelColbert Controversy

Remember about a month ago when I lamented the fact that people keep somehow listening to the world’s dumbest people as they find something to be outraged about on twitter?

Well, the internet’s version of the “unstable man in the food court at the mall with a megaphone” is back at it again, with the hashtag of #CancelColbert currently trending:

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So, why the outrage?  Here’s a recap thanks to Variety.com:

“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” “The Colbert Report” Twitter wrote Thursday.

The joke was taken from a bit on Wednesday night’s “The Colbert Report,” parodying Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his launch of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation in light of controversy over the team name. Taken out of context, however, many Twitter users saw the joke as racist, and launched a #CancelColbert campaign that quickly became a trending topic.

Guys, it was a joke.  Those criticizing Colbert may want to look up the definition of satire sometime:

sat·ire
ˈsaˌtīr/
noun
  1. the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

We march ever forward toward our ultimate idiocracy.  I think that Jim Norton really nailed it in his tweet: