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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