Comedian Ellen DeGeneres has come under fire after tweeting a photo of herself on the back of Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
"This is how I’m running errands from now on. #Rio2016," DeGeneres captioned the photoshopped image.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016
Though DeGeneres thought the photo would circulate as a lighthearted meme, Twitter users saw it in an entirely different light and accused the talk show host of racism.
@TheEllenShow You thought it'd be funny to post a pic of yourself riding on the back of a Black man? Nope. Delete this racist garbage.
— Mike (@MikeAllen_47) August 15, 2016
— Fighting Jurist (@Br_mabe) August 16, 2016
— 777-9311 (@MiQL) August 15, 2016
But not everyone is offended by the picture. Bolt himself retweeted it on Monday night. The next day, DeGeneres took to her account once more to acknowledge the controversial photo.
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
"I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am," she wrote defending herself and the photo.
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