Though Stephen Colbert intentionally plays an ignorant character on his TV show, some argue his satirical “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever” went too far.
During Wednesday’s show, Colbert made fun of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who announced a charity organization for Native Americans.
Assuming a simple charity could clear up any politically incorrect hiccups, Colbert’s character decided to found the “Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever”. His highly stereotypical character, Ching-Chong Ding-Dong, he then assumed would be acceptable.
“I am willing to show [the] Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” he tweeted.
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Despite the joke’s intent, it has since sparked outrage and is trending on Twitter under the hash tag #CancelColbert.
“When satire becomes as offensive and hurtful as the thing satirized it is no longer satire,” one user tweeted. “It is simply more injustice.”
Watch the segment here.