Is Ellen DeGeneres' Usain Bolt tweet really racist? Or is it just Twitter drama?

FP Staff

Aug 18, 2016 15:24:41 IST

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:

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:

Others defended the comedian, highlighting that she's often spoken out against all forms of discrimination. Bolt himself retweeted the picture:

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:

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:

Who you gonna call?
Ellen as a part of the Ghostbusters:

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?

Updated Date: Aug 18, 2016 16:39:35 IST