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Ellen DeGeneres Posts Joke Usain Bolt Photo and Is Immediately Accused of Being Racist


"Whatever intern thought this tweet was a good idea should be fired. Immediately."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi look on prior to the Ladies Singles Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Davy/Press Association/Pool/Getty Images)

Ellen Degeneres shared a meme on Twitter Monday that provoked widespread outrage and accusations of racism.

The photoshopped image featured the daytime television host riding on the back of Olmypic running legend Usain Bolt of Jamaica.

"This is how I’m running errands from now on," the post read.

The meme was a parody of the viral image captured while Bolt was running the men's 100-meter race Sunday. In the photo, the runner appears to be mugging for the cameras as he sprints to the finish.

Many found the original photo to be a humorous yet realistic depiction of Bolt's simultaneously competitive and lighthearted charisma. Degeneres' meme, however, was met with hostility.

Twitter user @iyonah tweeted, "an apology won't do. This is utterly f***ing ridiculous. How dare you!?!?"

Another wrote, "Dear @TheEllenShow: Whatever intern thought this tweet was a good idea should be fired. Immediately."

Some, however, defended the celebrity host.

Following the flood of mostly virulent comments, DeGeneres posted on Twitter Tuesday to assert that she is not racist, telling her followers, "I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am."

But Bolt, who was a guest on "Ellen" last season, clearly was not bothered by the image. He even retweeted the meme.

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