Ellen is in hot water this week over a meme she posted of Usain Bolt. The comedian and talk show host congratulated Bolt on his 100m gold medal win during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games this week.
She shared the photo of her photoshopped on Bolt’s back with the caption, “This is how I’m running errands from now on.” Fans accused her of being racist and pulled historic photos of white people riding on the backs of black people.
Ellen responded and said that she is far from a racist. She hasn’t deleted the post. Check out the exchange below.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016
— DragonTats (@BlckRainbow5) August 16, 2016
@TheEllenShow why don't you try a bicycle, Ellen.
— Fabienne Noble (@fabiennenoble) August 16, 2016
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