The original message, posted Thursday afternoon but now deleted, was a play on Asian stereotypes. It was pulled directly from a segment on Wednesay's show (posted below) mocking Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for responding to pressure to change his team's name by instead setting up a charity to aid Native Americans. The tweet read, "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."
But taken out of the larger context, many
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The original message was deleted within a few hours, a move that in turn prompted outrage from right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin, who accused Colbert of cowardice. Subsequent tweets from @ColbertReport explained the context and clarified that Colbert himself does not administer the account. Even Colbert weighed in humorously from his personal account saying, "#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome."