(NEWS10) – Ellen DeGeneres is facing accusations of being racist after tweeting a Photoshopped picture of her piggybacking Olympic sprinter, Usain Bolt.
A picture of him smiling over his shoulder as he made his way ahead of his competitors during the men’s 100m semi final went viral earlier this week.
DeGeneres tweeted a photo with the caption, “This is how I’m running errands from now on.”
Some people didn’t like it.
Twitter users were quick to point out that it looked like a white woman riding a black man as a form of transportation.
Online controversy started overnight until DeGeneres tweeted, “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.”
Ellen has been a vocal activist against discrimination.