Picture it: Twitter 2014. The Colbert Report sends off a tweet that launches a war of misplaced and accurately placed aggressions, spearheaded by AsAm Activist Suey Park. Suey Park, known for her work with the #NotYourAsianSidekick social media initiative, ignites another movement in response to the Colbert Report's tweet, titled #cancelcolbert. And surprise: all hell breaks loose.
Since last night, Twitter, social media, and the media in general has been ablaze about the #cancelcolbert movement. Groups who used to embolden one another's claims are now at each other's throats. Suey Park is receiving death, rape, and other disgusting threats, which is heartbreaking, and those participating in such reprehensible behavior need to be reported, banned, and possibly arrested. Colbert is being called a racist, which is wrong. White Libs have suddenly embraced the "race baiter" and "pc police" phrases after years of criticizing NeoCons for using the exact same phrase, which is hilarious as fuck. Native Americans who understand Colbert's gag are getting attacked, which is sad. It's become a Grade A shit show worthy of all the popcorn in the world, but it's the shit show we need.
I do feel, as an observer of the situation, that the #cancelcolbert movement is doing a little too much against Colbert and the Colbert Report (a show which I, admittedly, do not watch often). I also believe that the root of the issue, Dan Snyder and U.S. Society's perpetual defecation on the existence of Native Americans, is being glossed over. It is important that we criticize both Colbert and the treatment of Native Americans within U.S. institutions, but our efforts are a bit unproductive if we focus the majority of our passion and anger towards the figure who made a genuine mistake (Colbert) and not the person who gives absolutely no fucks about Native Americans (Dan Snyder).
However, we need to respect when marginalized communities are outraged, especially if you are not part of the damn community that's being marginalized. (see: NinjaCate's awesome breakdown of Tone Policing). Hardly anyone, myself included, should assert their opinions over Asian-Americans in this issue.