I remember grabbing a copy of Time Magazine with ellen on the front stating, “Yep, I’m Gay!” She lost a lot in ‘coming out’. She was fired from her sitcom and abused by right wing homophobes. In the darkness of hatred that was sent her way, ellen sent back a tremendous shower of love, justice, tolerance – all family values coming from a gay woman! She was a beacon that could not be ‘put out’ – a candle of light that cursed not people – but hatred, fear, injustice – and she did it through laughter and comedy and dance! She found love and married an incredible woman Portia. Each show ends with “Be Kind to One Another.”
Ellen’s Response to the Homophobic Laws of Mississippi (and North Carolina).
Her are her words from a few moments when she paused in her show to address the human rights issues:
“I thought a lot about what I wanted to say today, and there’s something I want to get off my chest,” DeGeneres, 58, noted to her audience. “It’s a mole that looks like it’s changed shape, but I’m gonna talk to my doctor about that. What I really want to talk about today is what happened this week in Mississippi. Um, I don’t know what Mr. Sippy is doing, but I’m very worried about Mrs. Sippy.” (DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, have been married since 2008.)
“So, if you don’t know, the Governor of the state signed a religious freedom bill, which might sound good because the word ‘freedom’ is in it, but here’s what it means: Under the law, if you say for religious reasons you can ‘deny gay people marriage, adoption and foster care services; fire or refuse to employ them; and decline to rent or sell them property,'” she explained, as the tone turned serious.
] “Now, I’m not a political person, I’m really not. But this is not politics, this is human rights,” she said as the audience cheered and applauded in response. “I mean, and when I see something wrong, I have to talk about it. It’s the same thing that I do when I see men wearing Spandex in line at Starbucks. It’s wrong and I need to discuss it.”
“So, this issue is very personal to me, obviously. I’m disappointed for several reasons,” she continued. “First of all, Mississippi is the only state I know how to spell. Second of all, that is the definition of discrimination. It is also something that the Supreme Court already ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone, everyone. And they’re Supreme.”
DeGeneres, who was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, shared why this issue especially hit home. “I grew up in the South right next door, in Louisiana. I used to go to Mississippi as a kid all the time … [If] you’re saddened by the fact that people are judging you based on who you love, don’t lose hope,” she reflected. “I was fired for being gay and I know what it feels like. I lost everything. But look at me now. I could buy that Governor’s mansion, flip it and make a $7 million dollar profit. I mean look, there’s already so much inequality in the world: women’s rights, gender pay gap, racism … I think we need to remember that we are more similar than we are different. And we all want the same things. Love, acceptance, and
So proud of you, ellen and Portia.
P.S. While what is happening is Mississippi and North Carolina is dark homophobia, there is a positive backlash against this kind of unChristian and inhuman prejudice and injustice. Famous people are speaking out against it and companies are removing their jobs. Recently, Bruce Springsteen cancelled a show in North Carolina. Love always wins over fear and hatred!