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People are calling Ellen DeGeneres out for a controversial tweet about Usain Bolt

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 17 Aug 2016

Ellen DeGeneres is facing a wave of backlash after the Twitter account for her TV show tweeted out a joke about Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt that some users thought was racist ' or at the very least, insensitive.The "Finding Dory" voice actress shared an altered version of the now-iconic picture of the Jamaicansprinter casually looking back at his competition while winning the 100-meter dash. DeGeneres' tweet showed the host clinging to Bolt's back, Yoda-style, and the caption "This is how I'm running errands from now on."This is how I'm running errands from now on. #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/gYPtG9T1ao' Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016The picture had already become meme-fodder, as tons of Photoshop whizzes and caption-writing expertshave had a field day riffing on the iconic image, so DeGeneres probably just thought her brand would join in on the fun.ThoughBolt is very fast, the implication that a black man should carry around a white person to do errands rubbed some onTwitter the wrong way.@TheEllenShow @usainbolt So riding on his back like a mule, a horse as some form of property is fun to you...Ok.' 777-9311 (@MiQL) August 15, 2016@TheEllenShow despite its intentions this pic has ugly connotations comin from a rich white lady' emily (@emilypttrsn) August 16, 2016Ellen, your whiteness is showing! #Rio2016 @TheEllenShow @usainbolt pic.twitter.com/88RF75YLDu' Black Intifada (@BlackShiite) August 16, 2016DeGeneres did not delete the tweet (she hasn't yet, at least), butshe defended herself in a follow-up tweet."I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country," she wrote. "It is the furthest thing from who I am."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, 2016DeGeneres probably didn't mean to be offensive with her tweet, but this response is pretty tone-deaf. "I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country," isn't exactly a reassuring response coming from a wealthy white woman especially when thepoint of the people who DeGeneres offended is, in their opinion, that she isn't really aware of it.Join the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Here are all the animals Usain Bolt can outrun
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