The chat show host has insisted that being a racist 'is the furthest thing from who I am'
Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out after her recent Usain Bolt meme was labelled ‘racist’.
The chat show host decided to pay homage to the Olympics in the best way she knew how – by tweeting a LOL meme of her Photoshopped hanging onto Bolt’s back during his 100-metre semi final sprint.
‘This is how I’m running errands from now on. #Rio2016,’ she wrote to accompany the image which she tweeted to her 61 million followers.
Bolt himself seemed to enjoy Ellen’s meme, with the athlete giving it a re-tweet, as did thousands of others – 35,000 in fact, who all re-tweeted it.
However, not everyone found it funny – in fact, some found the image of a white woman riding on a black man’s back racist.
‘You thought it’d be funny to post a pic of yourself riding on the back of a Black man? Nope. Delete this racist garbage’, one person wrote.
‘@TheEllenShow @usainbolt So riding on his back like a mule, a horse as some form of property is fun to you… Ok’, slammed another.
Others rushed to Ellen’s defence, stating that the meme was meant to be funny, not offensive.
‘Are people stupid!? Ellen’s picture is not racist, y’all are TOO sensitive!? She means doing her errands fast not riding a slave??’ one wrote.
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‘Utter nonsense to call Ellen’s tweet “racist”. It was commentary on #UsainBolt’s legendary speed. Grow up, people’, said another.
Ellen herself has now hit back, refusing to apologise, but instead, tweeting: ‘I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.’
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