There are a few celebrities who are so famous that they’re only referred to by their first name, and Ellen DeGeneres is one of them. The actress, comedian and talk show host revealed herself to be a lesbian in 1997 when she was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The revelation only cemented her status as a national treasure.
Unfortunately, it seems some people take umbrage at who she is and object to her popularity. Evangelical pastor Larry Tomczak is one of them. He wrote an article for the Christian Post newspaper under the headline: “Are you aware of the avalanche of gay programming assaulting your home?” It’s not hard to guess what it was about.
In the opinion piece, he asserted that “indoctrination and propaganda coming from those advocating a gay lifestyle in our country, classrooms and culture is increasing.” DeGeneres was one of the apparent culprits. “Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her lesbianism and ‘marriage’ in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls,” he wrote.
As you can imagine, Ellen was not on board with his comments. One sticking point was his use of quotation marks when referencing her marriage to wife Portia de Rossi. “I’m not ‘married’, I’m married, that’s all,” she responded in a video on her video channel, ellentube. The couple tied the knot in 2008.
But she conceded that he was right on one score. She was trying to send out a message to people – to be themselves. “Larry, the only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another,” she explained. Then, spinning a hypno wheel, she finished: “Attention, youth of the world…I want you to live your lives – being exactly who you are.”