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Ellen DeGeneres Shares Her Support For Black Lives Matter, But Only After Getting Called Out

Seems like she just can't say anything right these days.

Ellen DeGeneres’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2020 has just gotten worse after posting on Twitter about Black Lives Matter and the protests over George Floyd’s death, and getting called out for being disingenuous with a dollop of hypocrisy to top it all off.

The GOAT team talk about the protests over George Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

This latest saga of “Ellen DeGeneres getting called out for doing something shitty” started when she shared a post on Twitter about racial injustice in America.

The message read: “Like so many of you, I am angry and I am sad. People of color in this country have faced injustice for far too long. For things to change, things must change. We must commit ourselves to this change with conviction and love.”

Normally this isn’t a “bad” message to post on Twitter per se, but given the racial tensions in America right now, the escalating protests, the Black Lives Matter movement gaining steam, and Ellen DeGeneres’ recent history of being tone-deaf and/or hypocritical, people quickly called her out on the tweet.

Some thought her message was vague in its wording and how she used the term “people of colour” to reference the current protests when it is the black community who are experiencing all this pain.

Others weren’t too fond of how Ellen’s message of unity came off as hypocritical given her staunch defence of her friendship with George W. Bush, and how she was advocating for “racial justice” yet not actually doing anything to help the cause (or her laid-off staff for that matter).

Needless to say that the wave of backlash wasn’t pretty and Ellen quickly deleted her tweet, though not before people grabbed some screenshots for everyone to see.

After taking a few days to reflect – and probably to digest all the criticism over why her OG tweet was received so poorly – Ellen then shared a new message to Twitter.

This time she actively acknowledged the Black community and the protests being held over George Floyd’s death. She also made sure to tell everyone that she made donations to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, the NAACP Legal Defence Fund, Black Lives Matter, and the ACLU.

Just to really get the message across, she also shared a video of herself expressing her thoughts about what’s happening in America right now.

While Ellen has yet to comment on why she deleted her original tweet, nothing more really needs to be said given how her new tweet was evidently crafted in a way to address the backlash she initially copped.

Given the amount of influence Ellen still wields and how America is being run by a wannabe dictator at the moment, at least she’s using her massive platform for some good despite initially stumbling pretty badly. That’s better than doing absolutely nothing of substance.

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JK Rowling's Confusing Transphobic Tweet To A Poor Kid Is A New Low, Even For Her

Hoo boy.

It’s no secret that Harry Potter author JK Rowling likes to post problematic things to Twitter every now and again, especially transphobic stuff. That sort of thing no longer shocks or surprises us as much as it once did. Having said that though, I’m pretty sure no one expected her to tweet that sort of crap to a poor kid who just wanted their artwork to be recognised by the author of Harry Potter.

The GOAT team dive right into the whole JK Rowling anti-trans debacle on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Let’s start from the top because there’s a lot to unpack.

So JK Rowling is running a (slightly suss) competition for her new children’s book, The Ickabog, where kids can submit their artwork and the winners will have their drawings be used as illustrations for the printed edition of the book. While the Harry Potter author won’t be judging the entries, she is retweeting a lot of entries on Twitter and leaving nice messages for the kids.

That is until JK Rowling shared a tweet that started off as a compliment, only to wildly pivot into a completely unrelated comment relating to the case of Tara Wolf, a trans activist who was convicted of assaulting a transphobic radical feminist.

She quickly deleted the tweet, but the internet is quick to capture any and all offending posts on Twitter.

Now it’s pretty obvious that it was an accidental copy-and-paste job that ended poorly. After all, who hasn’t started writing a message only to accidentally paste something we didn’t mean to?

It’s something that Rowling acknowledged in a follow-up tweet, and unlike Harry Potter it’s actually something believable for once.

But where this goes completely off the rails is JK Rowling’s follow up tweets in which she doubled down on the transphobic comment.

While Rowling once again reiterated that her now-deleted tweet was an accident, she says she still stands by the transphobic comment. What’s even worse is the gall she has in claiming that it is akin to censorship and authoritarianism whenever people call her out on her bullshit.

There are literally people dying at the hands of police and not receiving any justice while the supposed leader of the free world is getting into a spat with Twitter and threatening the concept of freedom of speech because he’s a sook. Yet JK Rowling thinks she’s the one being attacked. Good frigging grief.

Welp, if you needed any more evidence that JK Rowling is full of transphobic thoughts but doesn’t like to be called out as a bigot then there you go, folks.

Condolences to the poor kid who got the original offending tweet. They probably just wanted a bit of acknowledgement from the author of Harry Potter but got a massive milkshake duck moment instead.

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Madonna's Response To Racism In The US Is A Video Of Her Son Dancing

Classic Madonna.

Tensions are high in America right now due to a series of racism-related incidents in recent days, such as the Christian Cooper thing and the horrendous police killing of George Floyd, which sparked heated protests across the country. With celebrities sharing their unfiltered thoughts on the matter, Madonna decided to chime in with her own take by *checks notes* sharing a video on Twitter of her son, David Banda, dancing.

Speaking of racism in America, the GOAT team dive deep into the George Floyd incident and other notable incidents on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

While celebrities like Halsey using Twitter to call out people who are silent on the George Floyd killing, Madonna’s approach was a bit different.

In response to the recent heightened racial tensions in America, the pop legend tweeted a two-minute clip of her son dancing along with the caption: “Brutal murder travels around the world my son David [Banda] Dances to honor and pay tribute to George and His Family and all Acts of Racism and Discrimination that happen on a daily basis in America.”

The left field-ness of Madonna’s tweet is almost matched by the use of a #MichaelJackson hashtag next to a #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd hashtag.

We should be used to Madonna doing unexpected things on social media by now, especially after her recent COVID-19 ramblings and petal bath sermons. But hey, she still somehow manages to surprise all of us, which has been the story of her entire career really.

Unsurprisingly, the internet had quite a strong response to Madonna’s Twitter post and proceeded to roast her like a turkey. Some users mocked how the pop legend’s tweet made light of racial tensions in America by boiling it down to something as simple as “let’s dance it away” and sarcastically thanked her for curing racism.

Others weren’t too pleased about Madonna getting her Black son involved in her tone-deaf Twitter post, mostly because of how uncomfortable it was.

I’m still processing Madonna’s tweet and her David Banda video because there’s just so many layers to it. She probably won’t care what the response is nor should we really pay too much attention to her. However, we all should definitely care about the horrendous instances of racism that’s still happening in America because it’s just ridiculous that stuff like that is still around in 2020.

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