Last night, The Colbert Report aired a segment skewering Washington R**skins’ owner Daniel Snyder’s pro-Native American charity that contains an anti-Native American slur (“R**skins”) in its name by suggesting Colbert, inspired by Snyder, would be starting his own charity, the “Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” A Twitter account controlled by Comedy Central tweeted the announcement without referring to the R**skins charity Colbert was skewering, which ignited a Twitter shitstorm that called for Colbert’s cancellation, a shitstorm that keeps getting more embarrassing. What can we learn from this? Besides “everyone calm the fuck down for a goddamn second”?
This article is fantastic for a number of reasons. The cultural analysis is hilarious and spot-on. I love the author’s tone and her complete annoyance at the whole thing. I also appreciated the fact that she wasn’t being condescending about it, she just said, look, the internet happens, let’s try to learn from this and move on.