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Ellen DeGeneres, 'Sacred Cow' of PBS

cright Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 1:24 PM
I used to like Ellen DeGeneres. She was funny, like Bob Newhart. And a lot of people thought she was probably a lesbian, but it didn't matter b ecause it didn't come up and besides, she was a hoot. Then Ellen had to become gay. On her TV show, whatever she was doing, you had to be reminded she was gay. She stopped being funny and I stopped watching her.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 8:54 PM
And this is EXACTLY the reason that she is a hero to millions. She knew that she would take a hit on viewership with those who cringe at homosexuality being brought up at all. But she held steadfastly to the principle that raising awareness means not hiding in the shadows and just having people think you're "probably a lesbian." It's about taking ownership of your life because there are millions of people out there struggling with similar issues and trying to take ownership of theirs. And you can serve as a voice for those millions. You can serve as hope to them. She took on that challenge, and is truly a civil rights hero.
arpiem Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 3:38 PM
Ditto. Her sitcom was funny until she pushed the homosexual thing. She's no longer funny to me - just odd.
DCM in FL Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 1:27 PM
I think you just answered Illbay's question below.
The PBS broadcast of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize on Oct. 30 was a festival of tributes to Ellen DeGeneres -- which is fine, since she is quite talented comically. But it wasn't so much a tribute for the comedy as it was for her pioneering work promoting homosexuality.

For laughs, consult top producer Cappy McGarr, who insisted Ellen wasn't picked for political reasons: "The Kennedy Center is apolitical. We have had so many people who have their own brand and type of humor. We don't pick winners because of any advocacy they do. It is all about...