Ellen DeGeneres isn't usually one to tell race-y jokes, but the comedienne's latest visual gag ran her right into olympic-size backlash!
On Monday, the daytime talk show host's Twitter account shared a photoshopped picture of Ellen hitching a piggyback ride to Olympic track star Usain Bolt (above), complete with the caption:
"This is how I'm running errands from now on.#Rio2016"
While the tweet was meant to playfully congratulate the Jamaican athlete — who won the gold medal in the 100-meter race in Rio on Sunday — the Internet couldn't help but find undertones of slavery in the visual of Ellen using Bolt for transportation.
After trying to smooth things over by posting a clip of Bolt on the show from last season, the 58-year-old responded to the criticism head on — making it clear she is very aware that racism exists in our country today.
On Tuesday, she wrote:
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
Well, that's a response… though it sounds like she isn't grasping the full scope of why the photo was taken as offensive, and just wanted to remind everyone she's not racist.
As you may recall, the Jolie-Pitts often traveled the globe together hopping from one luxurious residence to the next. We mean, Miz Jolie herself once said she wanted her kiddos to have a "global" life. Anywho, Pitt had reportedly become discontented with the migratory lifestyle.
At one point, the Fight Club actor wished to enroll his little ones into a school in New Orleans whereas Angie wanted to homeschool their brood so they could travel. Back in 2009, a source dished to Us Weekly: