Ellen Degeneres Addresses Op-Ed Accusing Her of Promoting Gay Agenda
In a recent column of the “Christian Post”, Pastor Larry Tomczak made mention of comedian/talk show host Ellen, stating she “…celebrates her lesbianism and “marriage” in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls.”
Not only did he mention Ellen, but he stated that Hollywood as a whole was guilty of ‘promoting homosexual agenda’.
Ellen humorously dismissed his claims directly addressing him at the end of her show, stating her only agenda is to promote compassion and self-acceptance. While serious in her message, she couldn’t help but end with humor spinning a black and white vortex wheel she added in that people should buy and wear her Ellen underwear.
“First of all, I’m not “married”‘ she said, using finger-quotes ‘I’m married, that’s it.”
‘He says that Glee has over five [gay] characters. Modern Family had a gay wedding. Anderson Cooper boasts about his homosexuality. If you ask me, Larry is watching a lot of gay TV.’
“Yesterday morning I awoke to discover you spoke to me directly on your nationally syndicated, award-winning talk show,” he wrote. “I was stunned and humbled because I believe you are such an incredibly gifted comedian with a God-given gift to entertain and make people feel genuinely valued. You also have a megawatt smile that simply makes people feel happy.”
Although his original Op-Ed wasn’t all directed at Ellen (He only mentioned her in bullet points), it’s understandable why his views are considered an ‘attack’, ‘accusations’, ‘scrutiny’ and ‘criticism’. Look around we talk about gay rights more than we speak on the murder of 2,000 people.
Call it what you want, ‘gay agenda’, ‘gay-washing,’ there is no denying that homosexuality is currently more prevalent in media, though it’s been on the rise for the last few decades. Call it reflective of our society at this stage or you can say it’s a hidden agenda, however you choose to look at it, the truth is that it is apparent now more then it has ever been.
None of us have the right to cast stones, and depending on who you ask, Tomczak’s approach could have been different, but it’s his truth and it may seem insensitive, but it’s his right. When it comes to homosexuality, whether you are for or against it, we can all acknowledge that there has been demonization on both sides of the aisle.
The media has long since used its influence to sway public opinion and for the past few decades it’s been seemingly in favor of homosexuality; it’s become the new normal. It seems all of the popular sitcoms incorporate characters that are homosexual; it’s the new multicultural.
In an interview where Vice President Joe Biden supported gay marriage he stated: “when things really begin to change, is when the social culture changes. I think ‘Will and Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public [about homosexuality] than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far.”
It’s not hard to notice the impact of the media on influencing how society relates towards certain things. Some people notice it, some people get swept up by it, and others are indifferent to it. Nevertheless, its influence is still present and in regards to the media, nothing is done without an agenda, especially not in the media.
You might be reading this and thinking what’s her point? Is she saying it’s bad or what? Honestly I don’t feel that’s for me to assert, I just feel that we’re missing healthy dialogue. We’re stagnating. We’re a society that accepts what is being spoon fed to us. We’re afraid of taking a stand if it doesn’t align with the majority and then we’re quick to attack when someone’s view doesn’t align with what we’ve been taught to accept as truth. Pitting one group against the other is only an avoidance of the real conversation. While we observe and comment on who had a better response and how dare he or she even say that, no one discusses the root causes. We’re too easily distracted by leaves; some don’t even look for a branch, let alone the root of an issue.
It’s easy to laugh, laughing feels good so the media will say Ellen won because her response was witty, charming and her smile is dazzling. Everyone loves Ellen, she does good and she makes people feel good. Then for some time we won’t think about it again until someone else decides to take a stand on something like VH1 Sorority Sisters, police brutality, terrorism or maybe genocide. But when we truly decide to look for ourselves at what is being disseminated to us, then I feel that society begins to win. Don’t just accept, but seek.