Was Ellen DeGeneres’ Usain Bolt Tweet Racist?

OK 3.5 readers.

I’ll just throw it out there.  Was this tweet by Ellen racist?

So the joke was that Usain Bolt is super fast and that Ellen could get her errands done faster if she just hops up on his back.

Given today’s highly sensitive climate, I suppose you could make an argument that this tweet was ill advised.  The joke was only mildly funny at best vs. the great backlash it brought in.

Then again…come on.  This is Ellen. TV’s most beloved lesbian.  First TV comedian to come out as gay and play a gay protagonist on her 1990s sitcom.

I don’t know.  I rarely share my opinions on controversial things.

I just worry that people are getting so sensitive that by the year 2050 comedy, movies, books, even regular conversations won’t exist.

Everyone will just stare at the wall all day out of fear of offending someone.

Shouldn’t intent count for something? I highly doubt Ellen intended any offense here.

She wasn’t trying to say, “I am a white lady who must dominate this black man.”

She was saying, “I wish Usain was my best friend so he could give me super fast rides to the store!”

Everyone just needs to take a deep breath and give each other a hug.

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2 thoughts on “Was Ellen DeGeneres’ Usain Bolt Tweet Racist?

  1. Accusing a liberal, gay comedian of being racist is amusing when Donald Trump skates by with racism and bigotry every day and could be our next president.

    • Eh…is he really skating by though? I feel like whenever I turn on my TV a newscaster is there to tell me Trump is going to eat me for dinner. Not giving him a pass or anything…this election has definitely been a wacky one.

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