Twitter Is NOT Happy With Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘Offensive’ Tweet About Usain Bolt! See Her Response!

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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.

Video: Usain Won Gold Only To Get Wiped Out By A Segway!

Naturally, the snap didn’t sit well with many social media users, who made it clear Ellen (or more likely a social media intern) needed to stay woke on trivializing the achievement of black athletes:

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:

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.

What do YOU think? Did Ellen’s tweet go too far?

[Image via Ellen Degeneres/Twitter.]

Aug 16, 2016 12:16pm PDT

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