- On March 27, 2014, "Suey" Park, 23, mobilized her Twitter followers to attack Stephen Colbert for what she perceived as racist comments.
- The tweet that started #CancelColbert was later deleted but not before it started an online frenzy.
- Park, who uses "Suey" as a pen name, spoke to her tens of thousands of Twitter followers through her "Angry Asian Woman" persona. #CancelColbert was on the top five trending list for more than 36 hours.
- — Angry Asian Woman (@suey_park)Thu, Mar 27 2014 23:57:24#CancelColbert because white liberals are just as complicit in making Asian Americans into punchlines and we aren't amused.
- Many supported Park.
- — Artemis Cohen (@ArtemisCohen)Thu, Mar 27 2014 23:58:55
- — NayNay Thompson (@NayNayCantStop)Fri, Mar 28 2014 14:49:42"I only said the N-word to make fun of white ppl who say the N-word" Where do we draw the line? #CancelColbert
- Colbert tried to diffuse the situation with more humor.
- — Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome)Fri, Mar 28 2014 04:03:00#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/b6cwb3/sport-report---professional-soccer-toddler--golf-innovations---washington-redskins-charm-offensive …
- People mocked Park's efforts and called them misguided.
- — WesleyZ3 (@50th_President)Fri, Mar 28 2014 21:42:24The very creation of #CancelColbert is proof that we may never stop real racism because we're too busy on fake outrage racism.
- — Steven Rosenthal (@Rosenthaltweets)Fri, Mar 28 2014 14:26:22The #cancelcolbert people who think artists support the racist actions of their characters should really avoid seeing 12 Years a Slave.
- Others tweeted personal attacks @Suey_Park. Their tweets can be characterized as sexist, racist and ignorant.
- — Heidi (@frida_haklo)Tue, Apr 01 2014 04:11:32
Suey Park's 'hashtag activism' brings racism out of the woodwork
With about 22,300 Twitter followers, Suey Park has made a name for herself as a "hashtag activist." While her goal is to bring awareness and to effect positive change, the discussion often mutates into a contagion that attracts both sexist and racist comments -- hate speech.
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