On Friday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the wildly popular talk show host expressed support for her guest, comedian Kevin Hart, even suggesting that he still host the Oscars this year.
According to Entertainment Tonight, DeGeneres told Hart that she had been in touch with the head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in order “to ask if they’d take him back.” Apparently, the Academy still wants Hart to host, telling DeGeneres that “maybe he misunderstood” and that they “would be thrilled” to have Hart back.
Leaked news of the interview quickly flooded social media and, predictably, the outrage hordes were quickly mobilized:
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Vice reports that there was “early backlash” to DeGeneres’ endorsement and support of Hart. They also note that there were people who thought Ellen was “admirable and forgiving.”
Others, however, were upset with what was viewed as an “attempt to speak for the LGBTQ community as a whole.”
Leftist social media rage is reflexive, and they may have wanted to think more about being resentful of Ellen’s “platform” and how she chose to use it. She is only in this position because she risked her entire, extremely successful career to come out of the closet.
She has also been one of the most beloved figures on television in her incarnation as a talk show host. It’s going to be difficult for them to try to mint her as an insensitive monster.
They will try though.