“How will this app be used to try to get me fired?”
— Stephen Colbert, host of the TV show “The Colbert Report,” asks Jelly co-founder Biz Stone (also of Twitter fame) about the Q&A social app. As we mentioned, Stone is promoting a new book, “Things a Little Bird Told Me,” which came out Tuesday. Stone’s appearance on the show this week coincided with the Twitter-storm over what some deem a racially insensitive tweet posted by the TV show’s official Twitter account. The controversy’s handle on Twitter: #CancelColbert. (In a nutshell, Colbert invoked terms derogatory to Asians as he lampooned the controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins football team. The Twitter account then took that quote, out of context, and tweeted it.) Even as many defended the show’s tweet as satire and denounced the #CancelColbert effort, Stone during his appearance on the show brought out the “kill switch” and deleted the @ColbertReport account, which as Mediaite notes had more than 1 million followers before its virtual life was snuffed out. The @StephenAtHome account — which features the voice of Colbert as the ultra-conservative personality he portrays on the Comedy Central show — lives on.
Photo: “The Colbert Report,” starring Stephen Colbert, has been taking some heat lately. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)