Mistakes were made: Ellen DeGeneres' Usain Bolt tweet got a ton of backlash, leading her to apologize
Daytime funny lady Ellen DeGeneres received major backlash this week after posting a tweet of her riding Olympic sprinter, Usain Bolt, with the caption, “This is how I’m running errands from now on.”
The photo is a photoshopped version of the Bolt tweet meme that almost broke the internet on Sunday night after Bolt made Olympic history. While it was seemingly posted to poke fun at how fast Bolt truly is, many on Twitter thought it was a poorly executed joke and found it racist.
Ellen responded to her critics Tuesday morning.
This is not the first time the comedian has been called out for offensive behavior. Last year, DeGeneres parodied family sitcoms with an “exclusive” sneak peak into Nicki Minaj’s childhood where all the characters had very large butts. No one found it funny.
While Usain Bolt retweeted the photo (so it’s safe to assume he didn’t find it offensive) it’s a good lesson for comedians and celebrities alike to think a little longer before posting on social media.