Ellen DeGeneres Under Fire for Questionable Celebratory Usain Bolt Tweet

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Ellen DeGeneres and Usain Bolt (Twitter)
Ellen DeGeneres and Usain Bolt (Twitter)

Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres’ usual humor took a hit on Twitter Monday. Users on the social media platform accused the comedian of racism because of a post about Usain Bolt’s historic Olympic win.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Twitter page posted an edited image of the comedian on Bolt’s back.

“This is how I’m running errands from now on,” the caption read.

Bolt earned his third straight gold medal in the men’s 100-meter race in Rio De Janerio, Brazil on Sunday. The Olympic win made him the first-ever track-and-field star to accomplish the feat.

Many online saw traces of racism instead of humor in DeGeneres’ tweet.

@JHoratio questioned why the comedian would authorize an image of herself riding the athlete’s back “like he’s a common mule?”

@MiQL responded, too, stating DeGeneres finds it fun to be carried like “some form of property.”

Some people thought the image was not problematic.

@fourfivehours found the photo complimentary.

Pinto called the racist claims “unbelievable.”

Mr. Marin defended DeGeneres’ humor, hoping she won’t apologize.

Although the two-time Oscars host did not apologize, she issued a short message on the controversy Tuesday.

But for some, it was not OK.

@angryblackhoemo told the comedian to have a seat.

Darrell Davis told DeGeneres she should be mindful of what content she shares.

Others supported the host.

Britney-Lee said DeGeneres shouldn’t worry about the heat.

Ashley Ruski Hinds voiced her support and called the racist accusations “sickening.”

This is not the first time DeGeneres has been caught up in racial controversy. The comedian poked fun at a Black woman’s name during a segment on her talk show earlier this year. She compared TiTi Pierce’s name to a sign that read, “Nipple Convalescent Home.” 

The Telegraph reported Pierce, a real estate broker from Georgia, sued the show’s distributor in June after she received phone calls mocking her name.

She alleged an invasion of privacy by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for posting her phone number on her real estate sign.

Pierce’s name is of Nigerian descent and means “flower.”

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