Forget simply pressing delete. Embattled late night host Stephen Colbert went to much more dramatic measures to blow up the Twitter account that sparked last week’s #CancelColbert social media movement.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone appeared on The Colbert Report Monday night and channeled Wile E. Coyote as he helped destroy the @ColbertReport Twitter handle for the Comedy Central host.
Colbert’s virtual nightmare began Thursday when a Tweet originating from @ColbertReport – a promotional account for the show – angered many in the Asian-American community and prompted the hashtag that trended on Twitter late last week into the weekend.
The offending Tweet was intended to reference a joke Colbert made on the show Wednesday evening, which poked fun at Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for creating a foundation supporting Native Americans only after receiving criticism for the team name. Colbert then joked that he was creating an organization for Asian Americans with a title mimicking the one the Redskins created.
However, Thursday’s Tweet, which Colbert said he did not write or sanction, did not mention the original joke or provide a video link, prompting many to believe Colbert had simply Tweeted a racist joke.
“Who would have thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings,” he quipped on his show Monday, pointing out that his Tweets come from @StephenatHome.
Yet the host seemed to offer a sincere mea culpa in between his humorous defense.
“I never want this to happen again,” he said.