Ellen’s Bolt meme hits a race nerve

Ellen’s Bolt meme hits a race nerve

SLAMMED: Ellen DeGeneres' Usain Bolt meme

Comedian and talk show host's meme labelled as 'insensitive and racist'.

American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has come under fire for riding Usain Bolt like a horse.

The talk show host posted a meme on Twitter, showing her piggybacking the Olympian, captioning it: “This is how I’m running errands from now on. #Rio2016”

The image went viral but fans and critics were not impressed by the picture, labelling it “insensitive” and “racist”.

Radio legend Bob Mabena slammed it for being stupid and offensive.

Posting the pic on Instagram, he wrote: “@theellenshow I wouldn’t go so far as to call her racist for this stupid picture. Let’s call it offensive lapse in judgement. Sorely disappointed at Ellen.”

Bob explained that it came at a bad time after the Marikana massacre commemorations and “prejudice at the Olympics against black athletes”.

“It doesn’t matter what the caption says. The picture is that of a smiling white madam riding a black man like a mule. Surely you can see the insensitivity in this depiction. Surely,” he said.

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