Here we go again. Social justice warriors lurking on the internet desperate to inject their dourness into everything funny have found a new target for their pathological ire.
This week it's Ellen Degeneres, the beloved talk show host who committed the grievous crime of posting this photoshopped picture of her on Usain Bolt's back a day after he won the 100 meter Olympic final, along with the caption "This is how I'm running errands from now on":
One could take this as an incredibly light hearted joke about Usain Bolt's otherworldly athletic talents, or, you could take a deep dive down the rabbit hole of extreme political correctness and militant intersectionality, and take it as an unforgivable insult towards black people and an inference that they are only good for carrying rich white women around.
Of course you'd have to be a complete asshole to assume the latter, given a) Degeneres has never made any remotely racist comments throughout her career b) she is in a minority herself (Degeneres is a gay woman) so is likely ultra sensitive to issues like this, and c) Usain Bolt retweeted the photo himself -- no doubt because he thought it was funny and saw no racial connotations whatsoever.
But apparently there is a sizable minority of vocal morons who quite literally look for anything to get outraged by, and have taken Degeneres' completely harmless photo and turned it into yet another controversy that does nothing other than detract from actual issues.
Mic.com's resident social justice warrior and millennial complainer-in-chief Ashley Edwards penned perhaps the best example of the intellectually lazy, thoughtless tripe the reactionary left has become known for in America, stating that the tweet was "Just another example of the American media's consistent tendency to trivialize, overshadow, or altogether forget the achievements of black Olympic athletes."
Yes, Degeneres was totally trivializing Bolt's achievements by posting a funny gag about how incredibly fast he is...
Other comments directed at Degeneres were equally asinine:
It's hard to know whether to react to this childish nonsense or not, but given the alarming frequency of stories like this and the disproportionate attention they get, responsible adults probably do need to step in and tell these idiots to sit down, and shut the fuck up.