Ellen DeGeneres defends herself after being accused of racism over Usain Bolt meme
Controversy relates to a Photoshopped image that the TV host posted to Twitter
The picture, uploaded to Twitter on Monday (August 15), was digitally edited to look as if Olympic runner Bolt was giving DeGeneres a piggy-back.
Its caption read: "This is how I’m running errands from now on."
The post evoked criticism from some social media users despite Bolt himself retweeting the picture. Critics alleged that the image held connotations of slavery and the civil rights movement in America.
@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
@TheEllenShow despite its intentions this pic has ugly connotations comin from a rich white lady— emily (@emilypttrsn) August 16, 2016
DeGeneres addressed the controversy in a message posted on Tuesday (August 16). She wrote on Twitter: "I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. 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, 2016
The US talk show host also posted a clip from a segment that Bolt filmed for her Ellen TV show. See that beneath.
Bolt has not yet addressed the issue publicly.