On August 15, Ellen DeGeneres' official Twitter account posted a photoshopped image of Ellen riding Olympic sprinter and world's fastest man Usain Bolt like a pony.
Many people took issue with this, pointing out that riding black people like animals was an early (and very racist) photographic meme, and that images treating people of color as pack animals are clearly problematic.
Honestly seeing Black folks defend that Ellen photo of Usain is depressing. "she was just saying he is fast" Oh yea? pic.twitter.com/rE1YGIPpIu— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) August 16, 2016
@TheEllenShow despite its intentions this pic has ugly connotations comin from a rich white lady— emily (@emilypttrsn) August 16, 2016