— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016
Ellen DeGeneres has responded after backlash erupted over a meme that she posted of herself riding on Usain Bolt’s back.
She captioned the image, “This is how I’m running errands from now on,” but many commenters suggested there was in inherent racism in the image of a white woman riding on the back of a black man, if not total insensitivity.
Ellen Degeneres pleads innocent white lady & looks past this aesthetic of white supremacy. pic.twitter.com/IXU1JzuD5G
— Barnor Hesse (@barnor_hesse) August 16, 2016
As evidenced with the @TheEllenShow tweet, white people think they can say things outside of a historical context but they can't.
— Eliel Cruz-Lopez (@elielcruz) August 16, 2016
Others said the anger was a total overreaction.
Following the massive backlash, DeGeneres took to Twitter to defend herself: “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.”
I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 16, 2016
Usain Bolt retweeted DeGeneres’ original meme. He was a guest on The Ellen Show last November, where he ran a race against young Jamaican YouTube sensation Demarjay Smith.