National 18.8.2016 09:16 am

Ellen DeGeneres responds to accusations of ‘racist’ meme

A screenshot of the meme posted on the Ellen DeGeneres Facebook page.

A screenshot of the meme posted on the Ellen DeGeneres Facebook page.

She has since tweeted, ‘I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.’

Throughout the 2016 Olympic Games, many memes and gifs have surfaced on social media, but a meme posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres caused a global stir, with some social media users claiming the meme is “racist”.

The meme is photoshopped to show DeGeneres riding on the back of Olympian Usain Bolt with the caption, “From now on, this is how I am running my errands.”

It had been retweeted more than 38 000 times by Thursday – including by Bolt – while the Facebook post had been shared more than 30 000 times.

However, some social media users called the meme racist:

https://twitter.com/XylaRocks/status/765848545480048640

But many others defended it:

DeGeneres has since responded to the accusation, tweeting the following:

Meanwhile, Bolt has been the subject of many other memes – unsurprisingly – during the Rio Olympics:

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