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Outrage as US comedian mocks Asian Americans

Published on Mar 29, 2014 5:58 AM
 
United States Comedian Stephen Colbert arrives at the White House in Washington on Feb 11, 2014 for the state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. Social media erupted in outrage and counter-attacks on March 28, 2014 after Colbert used language that mocked Asian Americans in what was intended as an anti-racist jibe. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Social media erupted in outrage and counter-attacks on Friday after United States (US) comedian Stephen Colbert used language that mocked Asian Americans in what was intended as an anti-racist jibe.

Colbert, who is liberal but parodies a blustery conservative on his late night talk show, took aim at the Washington Redskins football team whose name is considered offensive by many Native Americans.

Colbert mocked team owner Dan Snyder who has announced a fund to support Native Americans while rejecting calls to change the name.

On Twitter and on his "Colbert Report" show on the Comedy Central network, Colbert said: "I am willing to show the Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."

 
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