Stephen Colbert Tweet Spawns #CancelColbert Campaign: What Did He Say?

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Has Stephen Colbert finally gone too far?

The Comedy Central host is in scalding hot water after he Tweeted a joke on Thursday that many find horribly inappropriate and offensive.

The message was a quote from Wednesday night’s broadcast - in a segment about Daniel Snyder responding to plea for a Redskins name change by announcing a foundation to help Native Americans - but it’s easy to see why, taken out of context, it would stir up some major controversy:

Colbert Tweet

The Tweet has since been deleted.

But before critics pounced all over it and started to trend "#CancelColbert throughout the Twitterverse.

"When satire becomes as offensive and hurtful as the thing satirized it is no longer satire. It is simply more injustice, wrote one user," while another added: 

"I'm sick of my daughter's ethnicity being a punchline. It sure wasn't funny for her when she was mocked in kindergarten."

Yeah. Things got personal.

Neither Colbert nor Comedy Central has responded to the outrage, though the former once famously said:

“I do the show in character - and he’s an idiot. He’s willfully ignorant of everything we’re going to talk about. Disabuse me of my ignorance. Don’t let me put words in your mouth.”

Colbert himself once mocked LL Cool J and Brad Paisley’s "Accidental Racist" by teaming up with Alan Cumming for "Oopsie Daisy Homophobe."

It was funny stuff at the time, but many aren't laughing at the comedian's antics right now.

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