Stephen Colbert has fired back at the Twitter backlash.
The popular television host recently found himself on the receiving end of criticism following a racially insensitive tweet that was posted on Comedy Central's Twitter account @ColbertReport late last week, causing a number of Twitter users to rally to #CancelColbert.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, read: "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."
"Ching-Chong Ding-Dong" is a reference to an Asian caricature Colbert has assumed on the show. The joke, which was originally delivered on-air and intended as a jab against racism, was part of a longer segment on Wednesday's episode about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder's new charity effort, which is believed by some to be an effort soften criticism of the team's name—a name that many have denounced as racist.