Ellen DeGeneres’ Fans Still Support Her Despite Twitter Meme Controversy
Ellen DeGeneres is known for her funny antics and always joking around. She took to twitter to post a funny meme of Olympic runner Usain Bolt sprinting across the finish line with a smile on his face, but also photoshopped herself riding on his back. The caption reads “This is how I’m running errands from now on”, and some twitter users did not find the meme funny and also felt she took it too far this time. Some were crying racism and criticized her for her insensitive jokes about a white woman riding the back of a black man. Some just felt like it was bad timing because of the racial tragedies happening going on. Ellen just felt as though she was making a harmless joke.
While some felt offended by the tweet, others defended DeGeneres and brought up the fact that her and Bolt are longtime friends. Many took to twitter to express their disappointment in the racist allegations because in this meme, Ellen simply called an Olympic runner fast.
One tweeter said “If Usain was white, y’all wouldn’t care. We all know Ellen isn’t racist & didn’t mean any harm by that. Stop it”
The talk show host responded to the backlash Tuesday on twitter saying that she’s “highly aware of the racism that exist in our country” but that’s “the furthest thing from who I am”
According to Fox News, Usain Bolt retweeted DeGeneres original post in support that she is not a racist but was just joking around.