Ellen DeGeneres Accused of Racism Over Usain Bolt Meme

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DeGeneres received backlash over a Photoshopped image of Bolt that she tweeted.

Usain Bolt is fast. Very fast. So fast that Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a meme about how she wished she could run her errands, you know, faster.

The comedian and talk show host posted a Photoshopped image of herself piggybacking on the now famous image of a smiling Usain Bolt as he sprints towards the finish line. She captioned the photo, “This is how I’m running errands from now on.”

And the Internet was not pleased. DeGeneres received backlash from people claiming the image inferred a racist message.

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While others felt that calling the image racist was reaching.

DeGeneres responded to the backlash by tweeting that she is aware of the racism that exists in our country, and that she is not a racist.

While many are upset that DeGeneres offered no apology, Usain Bolt (the man the meme is about) doesn’t seem offended. In fact, the Jamaican sprinter retweeted DeGeneres’ meme.

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