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Ellen DeGeneres is catching flack for a meme that she posted on social media. The picture featured DeGeneres on Usain Bolt’s back with the caption, “This is how I’m running errands from now on.” The joke attempt served as an unfunny reminder of the history of Black servitude. The notion that a Black man should carry a White person on their backs can be viewed as demeaning on many levels.

Although comedians should push the envelope when discussing race and other touchy issues, DeGeneres’ joke was tasteless and proved that she didn’t take the time to understand how it could be offensive.

It’s the second joke that featured Blacks that caused a stir. Shortly after it was revealed that Nicki Minaj signed a deal for a sitcom about her life, DeGeneres created a skit that poked fun of Minaj’s body. The skit featured a Black family who all had oversized butts and were limited in life because of it. The joke was a form of body shaming which has remained an issue that Black women have endured for centuries.

DeGeneres later responded to her meme that featured Bolt by tweeting, “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.”

DeGeneres doesn’t exhibit the characteristics of a racist. However, her response also reveals how some people won’t view themselves as racist while exhibiting racist behavior. Even if a White person would never call a Black person the N-word, there are ways that racism can still be displayed through careless actions. DeGeneres simply should have thought twice before posting the meme.

Here is how social media reacted to DeGeneres’ meme:

 

 

 

 

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • nosey rosy

    I AGREE 50% OF indirect racism is not self aware by the abuser , body shaming has happen to fat whites to with hugh hips .. i mean the butt blown up epidemic was a set up only black females doing but injection are heavy clubber STRIPPERS AND BLACK GIRLS WITH FLAT BUTTS which is rare .. .
    ELLEN is not the 50s form of racist but she is the 2000s form an unaware illusionist who want to make it disappear when it comes to them
    HOW DO YOU CLASSIFY 400 YEARS OF WHITE HATE CRIMES to a meme??
    its way HUGHER than ellen ellen raised in south TEXAS AND ANYONE RAISED IN IT IS RACIST OR WAS RAISED BY RACIST u dont get to deny it ellen was born in it . . she would of been beat up for being gay and killed for having black friends in the 20s thru 70s in texas …
    give her a pass .. she loves oprah ..

    and maybe she dont care for nicky minaj? cause she loves oprah big ass!!
    ELLEN IS NOT RACIST BUT SHE DO NEED A WAKE UP CALL TO ALL THR BLANTANT HATE OF BLACKS IN RECENT YEARS and she did see racism a lot and need to be more understanding of our RACIST CLIMATE NOW!!!!

    • https://www.connectpal.com/f-u Nigg.Newton

      YOU sound stupid.

      Who the f— cares what you STUPID A– BLACK WOMEN think.

      Ellen DeGeneres can ride my BLACK BACK any day or NIGHT…She get this good JEW D— and she will go straight…

      Black women need to shut the f— up…WHITE WOMEN love BLACK MEN. We got options above the BOTTOM of the Barrel Black woman.

      • Evelynne Stiles

        Now see, its s— like this that keeps race relations where it is. “Stupid A– Black Women”….now thats not too accurate is it…as Black women are graduating with college degrees at a higher rate than any other class of people, as well as starting businesses…such as the one you took time to write on right now. But I’m sure I just feel for the bait of giving you something to do.

        As for my Black Queen, please make sure you do your research on people before chastising them for something that has been made up by people who are ignorant to her platform, show, friends (including U.B) and exactly how much money she has given to black communities, charities, pushing kids of color careers and so forth. Some are very quick to call racism before knowing all the facts and that leads all of us down a dark path and bumping into airheads such as Ms. Ab Brains here.

  • Evelynne Stiles

    So….For those who DO NOT watch her show….She and He are actually great friends, being a guest multiple times. Ellen is by FAR not a racist! She actually is the epitome of kind, giving and willing to share her platform with millions. I tune in everyday to watch her due the adversity she has faced and he ambition to keep pushing. People who are tying to lable her need to actually learn about people before you start opening your mouth and making suchhurtful accusations. Just for the record, I am black, graduated from a HBCU and come from a civil rights upbringing so I think I could spot a racist….DO BETTER