Quirky daytime hostess Ellen DeGeneres is in a bit of hot water for sending out a tweet that showed her (photoshopped image) riding on the back on track legend Usain Bolt.
Somehow the Internet trolls took that as racist and the online slandering began.
According to Fox News:
LOS ANGELES – Ellen DeGeneres says she’s not racist after receiving backlash on social media for posting an edited photo of herself riding on the back of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
The talk show host said Tuesday on Twitter that she’s “highly aware of the racism that exists in our country” but that’s “the furthest thing from who I am.”
The image of a white woman riding a black man was criticized by many users on social media.
The original photo of Bolt smiling while running went viral following his gold medal win in the 100-meter dash.
The comedienne frequently posts photos of herself edited into topical moments and scenes from popular films and TV shows.
Personally I think Ellen was just being her usually lighthearted & buoyant self and this picture was taken wayyyyy out of context. If you look, there were thousands of social media memes created by fans of the “lightning Bolt” and I actually find this picture pretty hysterical, all in good fun.
If Usain Bolt were white or Ellen DeGeneres were black, then we wouldn’t even be entertaining this story. Some people have way too much time on their hands. Sometimes there is really no need to pull the race card. What do YOU think?
Join the discussion and check out this throwback clip of President Obama dancing with Ellen on her show. How can you not love her?