Stephen Colbert took the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation to task on his show Wednesday evening, leading to a controversial tweet that has sparked a demand to #CancelColbert.
On air, he chastised team owner Daniel Snyder for his charitable endeavors aimed at helping Native Americans -- which one Native American activist has called "somewhere between a PR assault and bribery."
Snyder last week announced the creation of the foundation to focus on what "tribal leaders tell us they need most," but has said in the past that he will never change the name of the team, which some say is a racial slur.
"Folks, the PC Police continue to hammer the Washington Redskins over their so-called 'offensive' name. Though, if you’ve seen them play recently, their name is the least offensive thing on the field."
Playing off the segment, the show's verified Twitter account sent out a controversial tweet that has since been deleted.
I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) March 27, 2014
Ching-Chong Ding-Dong is a satirical Asian caricature that Colbert has assumed in the past.
Damage control was done shortly thereafter.
— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) March 28, 2014
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