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Ellen DeGeneres Responds to Controversial Usain Bolt Meme

Ellen DeGeneres Responds to Controversial Usain Bolt Meme

Ellen DeGeneres has sent out a tweet about the Usain Bolt meme she posted earlier in the week, which has been called out for being insensitive and racist.

The 58-year-old comedian posted a photo of the 29-year-old champion runner sprinting at the Olympics, and she inserted herself holding onto his back. The caption read, “This is how Iā€™m running errands from now on. #Rio2016.” You can see the photo here on her Twitter account.

“I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am,” Ellen tweeted in response later.

Usain has so far won three gold medals total at the Olympics, and one so far in Rio.

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  • qiq

    omg why is even race involved in this? she clearly meant it as a compliment, because he is unbelievably fast and great at what he does. we are all humans, why are you always focusing on race?

  • John Dow

    There is one simple solution for many problems: Take all blacks and send them back to Africa.

    The U.S. without white people = cesspool like any black country in Africa
    The U.S. without black people = a better place with low crime rates and without racism

    Hillary 2016!

  • sandysand e.g. miller

    Go to hell where all racists like you belong.

  • Michelle Eve

    with your mum? nahhhh!

  • poangielsku

    What, do Olympians not run errands?

  • tom

    American’s favourite hobby-racism

  • Brink

    This is a non-issue. Can’t believe this even had to be addressed.

  • 777

    People really need to lighten up. Anyone who saw her joke and thought there’s something racist about it should really see a doctor about removing a stick from their behind.

  • Roscoe

    The next time my niece asks for a piggyback ride I will politely tell her that she is an insensitive racist.

  • VanityInsecurity

    everything is race related nowadays.. comedians can’t even make jokes about anything w/out having fingers pointed at them.. but yet its been ok since forever for black comedians to have their entire stand-up routines on making fun of white people & their “whiteness” STFU already!

  • Victor Jones

    It’s disgusting how overly-sensitive and easily offended people are becoming. What the H is wrong with people?

  • Victor Jones

    Very true. Hillary would slap you for that.

  • John Dow

    Hillary agrees with me, she hates super predators blacks.

  • Melissa Iris

    The true racist moment is when you see a Black man, instead of a fast runner. Ellen sees him as an Athlete. It is as simple as that. If you can’t understand the humor here then you are a part of the divisiveness we have in this country. You probably see our President as a Black President too.. . no, he’s just our President and this man, Usain Bolt, is simply an Athlete. Ellen is a comedian, she isn’t a “White” comedian. We spend way too much time dividing ourselves when we should be uniting ourselves.

  • Sanna Leena

    America, what’s wrong with you?! You call Ellen a racist but you want a president, that calls Obama the founder of ISIS??? Seriously, what’s wrong with you people?!?!

  • Esoteric11

    Usain Bolt liked it and retweeted it. Negative people will make it so. It is really about them and their view of things.