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A joke previously made during an episode of The Colbert Report, didn’t play out too well when it was posted on Colbert’s Twitter account yesterday.

The tweet was originally a joke from Wednesday night’s show in which Colbert was mocking Redskins owner Dan Snyder for responding to complaints about his team name by announcing a foundation to help Native Americans.  Offended readers didn’t take the tweet lightly and created the #CancelColbert and some users understood the satire and other’s didn’t:

Colbert and The Colbert Report responded to the controversy by attempting to show the distinction between Colbert’s personal account and the show’s account:

This incident proves there are times when satire, racism and the medium in which jokes are delivered backfires.

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  • a black lady

    Colbert did the Ching Chong Ding Dong joke way before Dan Snyder’s foundation. It was a racist caricature and impression. He was called out on it but never apologized.