"Who would have thought ... 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings," he quipped
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.