Stephen Colbert shuts down his satirical foundation in response to #CancelColbert

The absurd Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation of Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever is officially closed


Prachi Gupta
April 1, 2014 4:11PM (UTC)

"The Colbert Report" has responded to activist Suey Park, who launched #CancelColbert on Thursday after the program tweeted a joke from the show that was taken out of its satirical context. On Monday, Colbert announced that he is "shutting down the worldwide operations" of the parodic foundation he started to mock Dan Snyder's Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation of Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.

After the outrage (and the outrage over the outrage), Colbert has decided that the fictitious proceeds gathered for the fictitious organization will go to Dan Snyder's Washington Redskins Foundation, who (as far as we can tell) did not receive any additional criticism for his organization over the weekend.

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Colbert then fired the only member of the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation of Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever, an Asian man named James (which Colbert pronounced "Jam-ez.")

"But I'm the only Asian person you know!" protested James.

The good news for James, however, is that Colbert will let him return to the show for no pay as part of the "Michelle Malkin Memorial Unpaid Internment Program." (Malkin, the founder of conservative media site Twitchy, was among the hashtag's biggest supporters.)

Colbert stayed in character, making the point that he has made several satirical race-based jokes on his program, which, removed from context, would of course have been offensive. "I just pray that no one ever tweets that Rosa Parks is overrated, Hitler had some good ideas, or ran a cartoon during Black History Month showing President Obama teaming up with the Ku Klux Klan. 'Cause man, that sounds pretty bad out of context!"


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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