Ellen DeGeneres Responds To Backlash After Usain Bolt Joke Bombs

Many thought the image she shared had racist undertones.
Ellen DeGeneres responded to backlash on Tuesday after her Usain Bolt joke totally bombed.
Ellen DeGeneres responded to backlash on Tuesday after her Usain Bolt joke totally bombed.

Following the backlash she faced after posting an altered image of Usain Bolt on Twitter, Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out to inform us all that she is not racist.

The controversy started on Monday, when the comedian posted her own version of the now-famous Usain Bolt Olympic meme. In the picture, she’s seen piggybacking on the sprinter’s back.

“This is how I’m running errands from now on,” she captioned the photo.

Many were quick to call out DeGeneres for the image, calling it racist for showing a white woman riding on the back of a black man.

Others jumped to DeGeneres’ defense, and Bolt himself retweeted the image, signaling the fact that he found it funny:


DeGeneres has previously come under fire for a 2015 skit that was meant to parody Nicki Minaj’s upcoming TV series about her life growing up in Queens. The sketch depicted a black family, all of whom had very large butts that got in the way of everything they did.

After the skit aired on “Ellen,” the Huffington Post’s own Zeba Blay asked all the questions we wondered ourselves:

How much money were these poor actors paid in a display for which minstrel show would be the only fitting description? Who wrote the sketch, and did they think it was actually funny? Who, in their right mind, would actually clear this to be aired on television? How much longer will black women’s bodies be mocked and disrespected for entertainment?

This post has been updated to show that Usain Bolt retweeted DeGeneres’ meme.

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