[Greater-baltimore] Ellen DeGeneres' Ignorance

Chris Paulus chrispaulus at gmail.com
Wed Oct 26 21:41:52 UTC 2011

Is there no place for comedy anymore? Everyone is a target in that realm,
and Ellen's show is that of entertainment. There is a point where we all
become too sensitive. If all groups were banned from any comedic taunt, what
is there to laugh about anymore? Its easy to look at what was posted and see
that she didn't mean any harm.

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Subject: [Greater-baltimore] Ellen DeGeneres' Ignorance

I was watching Ellen DeGeneres' show today as usual when all of a sudden she
started to pick on a woman who was in her audience yesterday and using
binoculars.  She displayed a picture of her using her binoculars.  Then she
said that she thought the woman was at the wrong show and should have been
at the opera.  She added that maybe she should get her tickets for the
opera.  A portion of the audience laughed.  Then she asks her sidekick Tony
if he saw the woman with the binoculars.  He said that he didn't see the
woman with the binoculars.  Ellen seemed puzzled about that like she thought
the woman really stood out.  Tony was really acting like it didn't matter if
the woman was using binoculars or not.  This, of course, is the proper
reaction.  Ellen has been asking everyone to post Halloween costume ideas
for her on her Facebook page.  One woman suggested that she should be a box
of popcorn (like what you get at a movie theatre or ball game).  Ellen
displays a picture of herself in a popcorn box costume and then whips out a
pair of binoculars and starts looking at the picture on a big screen behind
her with the binoculars.  Ellen and the audience is laughing the entire

I was very upset by Ellen's words and actions so I posted a message about
what she said and did on her Facebook page.  I told her how the visually
disabled use binoculars to see things that are far away.  I told her that
when you pick on someone who doesn't fit into the norm that it sets a great
example for bullies to hurt people who don't fit in somehow.  I hope my
message will have some kind of an impact.

Sue-Ellen Clarke

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