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People start #CancelColbert over Redskins/racist jokes

If you've ever watched an NFL broadcast, chances are that you've quickly recognized that Dan Snyder isn't too great at his job. Just in case you're not familiar with the ineptitude that runs rampant through Snyder's organization, take a second and check out Washington City Paper's handy, A-Z guide outlining how awful things are for the Redskins.

People start #CancelColbert over Redskins/racist jokes

Screenshot via The Colbert Report

If you've ever watched an NFL broadcast, chances are that you've quickly recognized that Dan Snyder isn't too great at his job. Just in case you're not familiar with the ineptitude that runs rampant through Snyder's organization, take a second and check out Washington City Paper's handy, A-Z guide outlining how awful things are for the Redskins.

At the top of a list of Snyder's blunders, though, should be his stance on his team's name. Classified by many as racially insensitive, the "Redskins" nickname has come under increased scrutiny in recent years and Snyder has tried to paint it as an important part of the Native American heritage. Right.

In an effort to quell the criticism surrounding the nickname and the organization's attitude toward Native Americans, Snyder and company set up the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.

Enter Stephen Colbert.

On his Comedy Central program, Colbert used Snyder's new initiative as inspiration to create his own foundation to "apologize" to the Asian community for the offensive nature of his "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong" character.

"Ching-Chong Ding-Dong" is a character Colbert plays occasionally on The Colbert Report in an effort to mock Rush Limbaugh for trying to speak in Chinese on the radio.

After the bit aired, Comedy Central tweeted the copy from a portion of the segment and people on Twitter took serious offense.

Many called for the cancellation of Colbert's show as #CancelColbert began trending nationally. Colbert's Twitter feed is managed by Comedy Central. The host himself is (obviously) portraying a conservative stereotype character on the program.

To many, though, neither of those things matter. [Mediaite]

Click here to watch the full segment from The Colbert Report.

 

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