Ellen Defends Her Controversial Usain Bolt Meme: I Am the Furthest Thing From Racist
The funny lady was hit was a bout of controversy over a recent meme.
Ellen DeGeneres has responded to the firestorm over a meme she posted depicting her riding on the back of the world's fastest man — Usain Bolt.
The TV talk show host posted the meme after a photo of Bolt appeared to show him smiling as he ran past his competition on the way to win gold in the men's 200-meter dash Sunday in Rio.
Some critics on social media were outraged and called the meme racist.
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“You thought it'd be funny to post a pic of yourself riding on the back of a black man? Nope,” was one reaction.
After the backlash, she tweeted: “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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The Jamaican runner found the meme funny and not mean-spirited. He retweeted it to his followers right after Ellen initially posted it on Sunday.
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