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Ellen Insists She’s Not Racist After Controversial Bolt Tweet

 

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Ellen DeGeneres is in hot water after tweeting a photo Monday showing her riding on the back of Usain Bolt. The photo of the Jamaican sprinter grinning back at his competitors as he won gold in the 100-meter dash in the Rio Olympics quickly got turned into quite a few memes. But DeGeneres’ version of the meme, which showed her on Bolt’s back along with the caption, “This is how I’m running errands from now on,” quickly became controversial as some slammed it for being racist.

Ellen DeGeneres has defended herself from accusations of racism after posting on social media an edited photo of herself riding on the back of Jamaican Olympic runner Usain Bolt.

 DeGeneres tweeted a Photoshopped version of the viral Bolt meme showing her piggybacking on the athlete’s back:

The original picture of Bolt smiling while sprinting went viral after his gold medal win in the 100mdash.

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:

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

 

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DeGeneres replied to the critics on Tuesday afternoon:

 

The talk show host frequently posts photos of herself edited into topical moments and scenes from popular films and TV shows.

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