Patton Oswalt Got Into a Twitter War Over #CancelColbert, & It Got Intense
After a controversial tweet was taken out of context from The Colbert Report’s official Twitter account (mind you, not even Stephen Colbert’s actually account), the entire Twitterverse blew up with outrage, claiming Colbert is racist and commencing the hashtag #cancelcolbert. The now-deleted tweet, which read “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” (yikes) was used on the celebrity’s show as a way to respond to the Washington Redskin’s owner Dan Snyder for the team’s name, as well as Snyder’s new organization, Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Of course, the outrage sparked multiple thinkpieces from blogs all around the Interwebz, one of which was from Salon coming out in support of Colbert after the tweet was posted. This didn't sit well with Patton Oswalt, who has gotten into spats with the site before — notably last year when he made a joke about Asiana Flight 214. In response to the site's support, Patton Oswalt got into a huge #CancelColbert Twitter fight with Salon 's Mary Beth Williams and, long story short...things got intense.
Patton first began his Twitter tirade against Williams for both defending Colbert and criticizing him in two different stories, tweeting, “Huh. @Salon defends Colbert against PC outrage. Usually they’re the ones whipping it up. The irony is killing me.” Of course, because we all just can’t get along and/or simply ignore each other and be adults, Williams responded with, “@pattonoswalt @Salon Impossible for different writers to have different opinions? We also ran 2 contrasting Gwyneth pieces on the same day.”
From there, it simply got worse, with the two attacking each other and Oswalt expressing his belief that in a time like this, “cherry picking who you attack and defend matters.” Then there was some stuff that came up about an old Salon article that criticized Oswalt for his former offensive jokes, and then come celebrities came to Oswalt’s defense, because celebrities hate how we apparently victimize them while another Salon writer came to Williams’ defense because journalists stick together. See? Intense.
Oh, the Internet. Never change. Thank God I have somewhere to turn to when I’m in need of a good laugh.