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Ellen DeGeneres talks about anti-gay legislators, Danny Noriega's self-pride and more!

AfterElton.com - USA - Yesterday, we gave you a heads-up that Ellen DeGeneres would have on American Idol cast-off Danny Noriega, as well as gay-friendly comedian Wanda Sykes, but we didn't realize what a gay hour of television the show would be.

It started early in the show, when Ellen brought up Oklahoma state Representative Sally Kern's anti-gay tirade where Kerns declared that "I honestly think (homosexuality is) the biggest threat, even more than terrorism." As Ellen played the audio of Kerns speaking, the cameras cut to images of the studio audience looking stunned and uncomfortable to hear such words. Definitely adding to the discomfort was a clear understanding that when Kern talked about the threat of homosexuality, she's talking about people like Ellen.

This is one of those moments that has me really appreciating the power Ellen has with her show. Bigotry is much easier to voice when you're railing against some anonymous mass, but Kern's words become ridiculous when you try to associate them with real people, like Ellen. By being open about who she is, she has the power to make clear how hurtful and hateful words like Kern's really are.

"I feel like there's some misinformation going on here," Ellen responded, "and I think I need to call her." As she listened to the phone ring, Ellen added, "I'm trying to figure out which societies have disappeared that we don't know about." Unfortunately, all Ellen got was a full voice mailbox, so Ellen tried to leave a message via the airwaves. "Give me call, I'm here usually and also later on I'll be at the Dinah Shore Golf Tournament, of course, that's if it doesn't conflict with the women's basketball games I go to."

Following that, Ellen brought on Wanda Sykes who immediately dropped a joke at Kerns' expense: "I would like for her to move up in government because if she thinks homosexuality is a bigger threat then terrorism maybe she'll get our troops out of Iraq and maybe invade West Hollywood ... anything to get our troops home." Wanda continued by calling Kerns outdated, saying, "She's like bell bottoms." Ouch, talk about things that don't look good even as retro kitch.

It's interesting to note that Sykes' sexuality has been discussed widely in the press as well, including in the "Glass Closet" article that Michael Musto wrote last year that essentially outed stars like David Hyde Pierce, Jodie Foster, and Anderson Cooper. And while she didn't address her own sexuality here, her mention that she spent her birthday skiing with her "girlfriend" does lead one to wonder if she means more than just "friend who is a girl".

Following that, Skyes gave her take on the Democratic Presidential campaign, where she hilariously mocked how the media has tried to simplify the race a simply matter of race vs. gender. There's really nothing I can say to add to her words, the outspoken comedian says it all so well.
Source : Originally Published AfterElton.com - USA, Mar 13, 2008
Celebrities : Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes
Categories : Actor News, Entertainment news, Comedian News, Celebrity News
Posted 3/13/2008 12:03:15 PM | Permalink
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