Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Ellen Degeneres

by Melissa Silverstein on October 27, 2008

in Feminism

For using her show to denounce Sarah Palin’s support of a federal ban on gay marriage.

Ellen has become increasingly political recently and the folks at After Ellen explain her effectiveness:

What makes Ellen’s move from famously nonpolitical to outspoken advocate so extraordinary is that she has been able to do it without becoming polarizing. No one brings up Ellen’s name when mentioning activist celebrities, nor does she get the derision sometimes heaped on stars like Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and even fellow out comedian Rosie O’Donnell. And I think the reason for this is simple: Ellen has spent all these years on her show being disarmingly likable. And now, quite simply, people trust her.

Hat tip- After Ellen

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Anonymous November 2, 2008 at 11:35 AM

I love Ellen too, but today I have to tip the hat to the troublemakers. It’s a feminist issue when we pull out and praise Ellen’s “non-polarizing” likable way she addresses political issues.


But NOT being the bestest, most likable girl in school ever and making a big noise and a big splash in the pool is fantastic. It’s akin to what people used to say about certain black people who were loud about civil rights, while there was noted by the proper people that there were a “right kind” of non-uppity, non-loud way of being for civil rights.

melatonindosage July 25, 2009 at 8:06 PM

i watched Ellen Degeneres show whenever i can. she has a very good and funny talk show.

body detox diet July 31, 2009 at 4:33 AM

Ellen Degeneres is the best talk show host on TV. i like her because she is very funny and she always lighten the mood of her audience.

Jenny November 18, 2009 at 4:07 AM

Ellen Degeneres is quite funny and very lively that is why she is my idol and i always watche her TV Show.

Jenny Ann January 1, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Ellen Degeneres is really a funny host. I am a great fan of her show because it is very lively.

Cherry Lane January 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Ellen is amazing, isn’t she? One of my local stations aired her show at 9 and it was a great start to the day.

Janey Karasek January 18, 2010 at 3:05 AM

I heard that Elle Degeneres would be the next judge in American Idol. Oh well, i love to watch Ellen in any show. Her own show is already super good.

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