Leftists are attacking Ellen DeGeneres on the grounds of homophobia. Take a moment to let that sink in.
Ellen interviewed Kevin Hart about the Oscars nonsense (see Jerry Seinfeld: The Academy are the Big Losers, Not Kevin Hart and There’s a New Poll on Kevin Hart. Leftists Won’t Like the Results.). Where the host — horror of horrors — actually defended the comedian.
DeGeneres went on to defend Hart against what The Upside star felt was a malicious social media campaign to derail his career and urged him to rethink his decision on stepping down as Oscars host. “As a gay person. I am sensitive to all of that. You’ve already expressed that it’s not being educated on the subject…you have grown, you have apologized, you are apologizing again right now. You’ve done it. Don’t let those people win — host the Oscars.”
“Those people” were none too thrilled at having Ellen call him out. Or Kevin Hart being given a platform… where he apologized again. Here are some of “those people.” Bear in mind the offensive tweets and statement were from years ago.
The only thing @KevinHart4real proved by going on Ellen was that he is a terrible actor with zero genuine remorse who didn’t have the decency to address his ignorance. No, they weren’t “haters” who came after you. It was the LGBTQI+ community because we’re sick to shit of it.
— Harry Cook (@HarryCook) January 4, 2019
Ellen giving homophobes the ability to say “but Ellen said it’s okay” is a massive fucking betrayal.
I don’t care how many sitcoms you lost in the 90s.
— Happy Houlidays (@RyanHoulihan) January 4, 2019
I feel like if you’re not homophobic anymore, you shouldn’t mind apologizing for your past homophobia again and again and again. I don’t want to hear a hostile retelling of how we didn’t hear your meager apology the first time.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) January 4, 2019
I see. So, there isn’t a specific number of apologies to make it okay? You can just wake up and say to yourself, “I’m feeling pretty bitchy today. Let’s see whose old tweets I can dig up to make me feel better about myself.”
Ellen’s show is basically the embodiment of respectability politics, so using it as a platform to absolve Kevin Hart on our behalf sounds pretty much on brand. Her sitcom allowed her to do something radical, which she suffered for, & she’s been running away from that ever since.
— Laurence "Laura Dern" Barber (@bortlb) January 4, 2019
This tweet is my favorite. Mainly because I love how being “respectful” in politics to some on the left is almost hate speech. But also the attitude that because Ellen is gay, everything she does ever has to be about her gayness. As opposed to hosting a talk show the exact same way a straight person would. That attitude seems self-marginalizing to me. But I also get easily confused by the ever-changing rules.
All Ellen did was call out the outrage mob for what it was. People looking for attention. Kudos to her for doing so. We need more of it. Much more.