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Colbert satire ignites debate over offensive Twitter jokes

– Sometimes satire isn’t made for Twitter’s 140-character world.

Comedy Central deleted a message Thursday from its “Colbert Report” Twitter feed 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 Colbert 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.”

It wasn’t clear whether that was satire, too.

– Associated Press

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