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Colbert caught in Twitter rage

March 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes satire isn’t made for Twitter’s 140-character world.

Comedy Central deleted a message Thursday from its Twitter feed for the late-night satirical “Colbert Report” showing a still from Wednesday night’s show where Stephen Colbert joked about starting a “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

The joke was part of a skit in which Stephen Colbert, whose performs as a conservative TV host, talked about the Washington Redskins’ owner buying things for Native Americans upset with the team’s name.

A #CancelColbert hashtag then appeared on Twitter, igniting a debate over what is funny and what is offensive.

Comedy Central deleted the tweet and made clear the feed was not controlled by the show. On his personal Twitter feed, Colbert said of #CancelColbert that “I share your rage.”

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