A tweet from chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, depicting herself on Usain's Bolt's back, has been called racist."This how I'm running errands from now on," she wrote alongside a photoshopped image of herself on the shoulders of Olympic 100m sprint champion Usain Bolt. Here is the said tweet:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016
The original picture of Bolt smiling while sprinting went viral after his gold medal win in the 100m dash. But many users criticised DeGeneres' version, claiming it perpetuates the racist image of a white woman riding a black man as a form of transport:
Initially I didn't see the fuss about Ellen DeGeneres picture, until 😕 .... pic.twitter.com/AGPSTwR6L6
— Xyla-phone (@XylaRocks) August 17, 2016
Others defended the comedian, highlighting that she's often spoken out against all forms of discrimination. Bolt himself retweeted the picture:
— R (@fourfivehours) August 15, 2016
The original picture showed the star appearing to smile as he looked back at his competition as he sprinted toward the finish line on Sunday night.
DeGeneres replied to the critics on Tuesday afternoon with this tweet:
I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 16, 2016
The talk show host frequently posts photos of herself edited into topical moments and scenes from popular films and TV shows.
Even magazine covers. Ellen brilliantly photoshopped herself into the cover of this iconic Elle cover shot:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 12, 2016
Who you gonna call?
Ellen as a part of the Ghostbusters:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 7, 2016
It looks like Ellen's meme with Usain Bolt was nothing but the next funny photo in her weekly photoshopping spree. She didn't even seem to know she was being racist.
Much ado about nothing for the Twitterazi?