Last night’s episode of “The Colbert Report” featured an amazing cameo from “CBS this Morning” Anchor Charlie Rose in a giant ball pool. Rose was there as part of a Colbert bit poking fun at “Good Morning America” and the “Today Show” for the way both shows are attempting to reach young people. Colbert introduced a miniature Discovery Zone to lure younger viewers to his show, and his featured Charlie Rose submerged in colorful plastic balls.
However the Charlie Rose cameo fell to the back burner after another segment aired about the Washington Redskins attempt to placate Native Americans unhappy about their name. Recently Washington owner Dan Snyder sent out a press release announcing the formation of a group call “The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation”. Snyder is hoping this sop to Native Americans will allow the team in D.C. to keep its name intact.
Colbert was trying to point out the ridiculous situation of having a pro Native American group contain the word “Redskins”, but some people didn’t like the way he went about it. Colbert offered to start his own foundation to combat Asian-American stereotypes. He called the group “The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever”.
Once that joke was re-purposed on the show’s official Twitter site, the PC police came out in droves. The hashtag #CancelColbert started to trend, and people called for the Colbert to end the show. Out of context the comment could be seen as offensive, but obviously Colbert was trying to draw a parallel to the ridiculous plan by the Redskins to save face.
Check out the complete clip below from the show, and draw your own conclusions.