Ellen DeGeneres on defense for posting pic with Usain Bolt

Courtesy Twitter.com/UsainBolt
Courtesy Twitter.com/UsainBolt

- Ellen DeGeneres says she's not racist, even if some people on the internet think so.

The talk show host has been getting backlash on social media for posting an edited photo of herself riding on the back of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

DeGeneres posted the photo Monday with the caption: "This is how I'm running errands from now on."

The image of a white woman riding a black man was criticized by many users on social media.

The talk show host said Tuesday on Twitter that she's "highly aware of the racism that exists in our country" but that's "the furthest thing from who I am."

For the record, Bolt retweeted DeGeneres' post on his own Twitter feed (at top).

The original photo of Bolt smiling while running went viral following his gold medal win in the 100-meter dash.

The comedienne frequently posts silly photos of herself edited into topical moments and scenes from popular films and TV shows.

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