Ellen Degeneres has come under fire this week for tweeting an edited photo that many are rightfully calling, “racist.” After a meme of Usain Bolt’s 100-meter race at the Olympic’s went viral, the comedian sparked outrage for posting this image:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016
The tweet, which shows Ellen riding Usain Bolt like an animal, prompted hundreds of angry responses, many of which insisted the photo alluded to slave labor.
— Fighting Jurist (@Br_mabe) August 16, 2016
@TheEllenShow You thought it’d be funny to post a pic of yourself riding on the back of a Black man? Nope. Delete this racist garbage.
— Mike (@MikeAllen_47) August 15, 2016
— Ⓐ #GrumpyCuntSec Ⓐ (@brazenqueer) August 16, 2016
— Black Intifada (@BlackShiite) August 16, 2016
This, however, isn’t the first time Degeneres has been accused of being racist. Last October, the Ellen Show created a sketch parodying Nicki Minaj’s early life, where a young version of Minaj was shown with a dramatically enlarged butt. This not only sexualized a young black girl, but also received backlash on Twitter for body shaming.
The comedian has yet to apologize for her insensitive actions, but has since tweeted: “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.”