Ellen DeGeneres Faces Backlash for Joke Comparing Quarantine to Jail
Ellen DeGeneres is facing some criticism amid her return to television.
She kicked off the at-home edition of her talk show this week in her living room, beginning on Monday (April 6).
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While discussing her experience with self-isolation, she joked: “This is like being in jail, is what it is…mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for ten days and everyone in here is gay.”
The quote went viral on social media, with many voicing their disdain for the joke.
“Petition to stick her in an actual jail after quarantine is lifted. Just for a month or so, so maybe she can learn something,” one popular tweet read.
“And you can access the heated pool whenever you want!” David Cross sarcastically wrote.
“ellen is probably the worst person on television,” wrote music critic Dan Ozzi.
The backlash comes just after a viral tweet from Kevin T. Porter recently, where Twitter users chimed in with every story they’ve heard about Ellen being mean.
“Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about! 😊❤️ She’s also notoriously one of the meanest people alive. Respond to this with the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean & I’ll match every one w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank,” he wrote.
The headline-generating tweet has over 2,000 replies with stories and reactions.
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