- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Damon Wayans Jr. defended a Fourth of July tweet mocking America’s “racist ancestors,” saying some people need to lighten up.

“Happy white people proud of their racist ancestors day,” the “New Girl” actor tweeted to his 414,000 followers Tuesday afternoon.

The tweet was swiftly met with backlash, but Mr. Wayans appeared unfazed.

“A joke some took too personally. So what. Jokes aren’t illegal,” he told one Twitter user.

“Yep, it was a joke. But feel free to be offended by it. ;)” he told another.

Some critics said Mr. Wayans‘ “joke” was offensive and inappropriate.

“So, do the ancestors of the black soldiers who fought and died for our freedom get to celebrate?” one Twitter user asked. “Or should they just hide until the 5th?”

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