Ellen DeGeneres accused of racism over Usain Bolt tweet

Ellen DeGeneres says she's not a racist -

Ellen DeGeneres says she's not a racist - even if some people on the internet think so.

LOS ANGELES - (AP)  Ellen DeGeneres says she's not a racist - even if some people on the internet think so. The talk show host has been getting backlash on social media after posting one of those silly photos she often puts online. 

She posted an edited photo of herself riding on the back of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. The caption on the image said: "This is how I'm running errands from now on." 

The image of a white woman riding on the back of a black man was criticized as having racist overtones by some on social media. 

But in a message on Twitter, DeGeneres says she is "highly aware of the racism that exists in our country" but that is - quoting her here - "the furthest thing from who I am."

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Word on the Street: Dating apps and self-esteem
VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx 2 VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx
3 Bronx Sportscast, April 24
News 12 talks to viewers about how dating 4 Word on the Street: Dating apps and self-esteem
5 VIDEO: Students get crash course on disaster preparedness

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE