Ellen DeGeneres finds herself in a social media bullseye after she recently tweeted a manipulated photo of her riding on Usain Bolt?s back. The original photo made headlines a few days ago as it was a perfectly-timed snap of a smiling Usain Bolt as he leaves his competitors eating dust. The now viral photo was shot by Australian photographer, Cameron Spencer.
Her controversial tweet said: ?This is how I?m running errands from now on. #Rio2016? It garnered 37,973 retweets and 94,268 likes, as well as an ongoing commentary of whether or not Ellen is a racist.
Among the comments are Twitterverse?s own manipulated photos showing Ellen on Usain?s back and the images of black slavery in the past where white people are being carried by slaves in similar fashion.
A few hours after she put up the photo, she tweeted, ?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 15, 2016
Slavery still hurts & this picture of u on Usain's back reminds me of "Black Slavery" That's Never OK! pic.twitter.com/OVf4hlIE2D
— Latrice Butts (@latricebutts) August 17, 2016
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
This is not the first time that DeGeneres is accused of being culturally insensitive. According to Vanity Fair, she has taken the heat for racist jokes many times before. Once in The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she appeared in a parody of Nicki Minaj?s video of ?Anaconda? and also dressed up like the artist for Halloween?big butt and all.
Making mountains out of mole hills
Majority of her followers have defended her as well. According to Rollingstone, other people have jumped to Ellen?s defense saying that those criticizing DeGeneres were being too sensitive and that her tweet wasn?t racist at all.
On the other hand, Bolt, who has been on the Ellen Show in the past, has retweeted the supposed ?racist? photo on his own Twitter account. He has 4.23 million followers, and he seems not to be offended at all.
It makes one wonder, if say, Ellen DeGeneres manipulated a photo of herself on a white runner?s back, would she take this much heat from the public? But then, there will be no punchline to that meme since Usain Bolt, who happens to be black, is the fastest runner around. And the simple point to the tweet really is that we all just want to finish running our errands as fast as we can, right?
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