- Back in 2014, the NFL’s Washington, D.C. franchise was sued over use of a derogatory mascot name. In response, team owner Daniel Snyder created a “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation,” apparently in attempt to thwart criticism.
- In March of that same year, Colbert took a swipe at Snyder, and through a sarcastic tweet that said: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." “The Colbert Report” offered this same jab in an episode, as well.
- While recognizing it as satire, Suey Park still thought Colbert’s prank overstepped a bit. In response, this young Asian-American and social-media whiz launched her own sarcastic response to that sarcasm. She tweeted: “The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals has decided to call for #CancelColbert. Trend it.”
- Her message quickly got ample retweets, which landed her on an online Huffington Post interview. Host Josh Zepps apparently didn’t get the joke, however, taking it seriously. And Zepps proceeded to speak sarcastically himself.
- That misinterpretation by Zepps led to right-wing media having a field day with it, claiming Park was a discriminatory Asian woman who had a grudge against white men.
- And that was the first domino to fall in a long series that led to … well, find out for yourself in this video.
Back in its Comedy Central days, “The Colbert Report” was a hot-spot for satire. In one case, though, a satirical response to one particular Colbert satire got distorted by media, leading to stalking and even death threats.
Here's how this came about:
Park's complete story airs appears on SyFy's "The Internet Ruined My Life" on March 9.
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