“The dark forces trying to silence my message of core conservative principles mixed with youth-friendly product placement have been thwarted!” exclaimed a not-so-out-of-breath Stephen Colbert on Monday night, addressing racism allegations that erupted over the weekend.
“Folks, I'm not gonna lie, we almost lost me,” the host conceded, acknowledging that the dangerous online hashtag activists – more commonly known as Hashtivists – nearly got him sacked.
“I'm never going to take me for granted ever again.”
In what was an epic rebuttal to the Twitter campaign – #CancelColbert – that called for the cancellation of his satirical television show, The Colbert Report, the comedian mocked all his critics who dedicated almost 36 hours of their lives to bash him.
It all started on Thursday when Colbert came under fire after his show’s official account tweeted a seemingly distasteful joke about Asian community stereotypes – which was actually a quote from Wednesday night’s show that the host used for mocking football team Washington Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder’s snap charity organization for Native Americans.
Colbert said people – including the right-wing media organization – who thought he was an actual racist were all wrong because – well – he wasn’t one.
“Now, the Cancel Colbert people think that even in context, I'm a racist,” Colbert explained.
“I just want to say that I'm not a racist. I don't even see race. Not even my own. People tell me I'm white and I believe them because I just devoted six minutes to explaining how I'm not a racist!”
As a bonus, Colbert also imagined a world without The Colbert Report in the show’s opening monologue. Watch it in the video below:
Also, The Huffington Post's Josh Zepp had a heated discussion with Suey Park - the person responsible for generating the controversial hashtag. Do not miss it.