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Ellen DeGeneres Says Usain Bolt Tweet Wasn’t Meant to Be Racist

Ellen Degeneres has come under fire this week for tweeting an edited photo that many are rightfully calling, “racist”.

The row cantered on a photo of Bolt taken during a 100-meter semi-final on Sunday, in which the Jamaican sprinter appears to smile as he glances back towards his competitors in the race.

The image his gone viral in recent days, with many different versions of it created for comic effect and shared widely on social media.

But it was Degeneres version, which has sparked outrage:

The post has evoked criticism from social media users

DeGeneres addressed the controversy in a message

This, however, isn’t the first time Degeneres has been accused of being racist. Last October, The Ellen Show created a sketch parodying Nicki Minaj’s early life, where a young version of Minaj was shown with a dramatically enlarged butt. This not only sexualized a young black girl, but also received backlash on Twitter for body shaming.

And although Degeneres is known for her generosity toward young viral stars, she’s still faced criticism for often promoting white privilege and neglecting popular black culture.


Sia Debuts ‘Finding Dory’ Theme Song On The Ellen Show

Apparently, SIA was personally asked by Ellen DeGeneres to cover and perform the theme tune for Finding Dory.


The song used for the highly-anticipated film is Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable. Ellen – the voice of Dory – asked the singer to do the cover

Finding Dory is set six months after the events of Finding Nemo, but this time the story will mostly take place at the Marine Biology Institute of California, where Dory was born. She lives with Nemo and his dad Marlin in a coral reef in the ocean.

When she and her friend go on a field trip to the institute, she recalls memories of her past and family—basically, that she has both—and seeks to find her parents, Jenny and Charlie, portrayed by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy.

Dory was such a hit with fans that a spin-off film just focusing on Dory will hit in July.

Sia was on the show to perform her version of the classic song (and it’s amazing).


Out Singer Courtney Barnett Nominated For Grammy, Along We Several Other Out Female Artists

Courtney Barnett has been nominated for Grammy in the elite Best New Artist category – beating some big names in the business to get there (as Madonna, Rihanna and Justin Bieber were snubbed).

Barnett recieved a massive plug this year when she appeared on the The Ellen Show, the same day that (oh, no big deal) Michelle Obama was in attendance, which gave Barnett arguably one of her most high-profile audiences to date.

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Other gay musicians to shine include are neo-soul group the Internet, featuring out lesbian rapper Syd the Kyd, who are nominated for best Best Urban Contemporary Album. The rapper was a longtime member of the now-defunct hip-hop collective Odd Future, which also featured out R&B artist Frank Ocean.

Syd the Kyd

Out musician Brandi Carlile is nominated for her fantastic album The Firewatcher’s Daughter in Best Americana Album category.

Legendary folk singer and out lesbian Janis Ian is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album, along with television actress Jean Smart (Designing Women) for their reading of Isabel Miller’s novel Patience and Sarah, a lesbian love story.

Bisexual blues singer Bettye LaVette (she detailed affairs with men and women in her 2013 memoir A Woman Like Me), is nominated for Best Blues Album.

Bettye LaVette

The artists and producers behind Fun Home, featuring music from the Broadway show, are nominated for Best Musical Theater Album. The show is based on lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s memoir of the same name.


Lesbian composer Laura Karpman’s Ask Your Mama, featuring words by the late gay poet Langston Hughes, has been nominated in three classical categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Classical Engineered Album, and Best Classical Producer.

Also, although the band itself features no out LGBT members, Los Tigres Del Norte created a buzz this year when it released the album Realidades, featuring “Era Diferente,” a song about a lesbian teenager who falls in love with her best friend. Realidades is nominated in this category. They have been nominated for Best Regional Mexican Music Album

Double The Ellen: Ellen Page Stops By The Ellen Show To Talk Freeheld, Falling In Love, And Surfing

Ellen Page stopped by The Ellen Show last week to chat with Ellen DeGeneres about Freeheld, falling in love, and surfing.

The two had a very honest discussion about Ellen P’s experience coming out, the effect being closeted had on her life and career, and how special her relationship with her girlfriend, surfer Samantha Thomas, is to her. 

Ellen For President?! Watch Ellen DeGeneres Gate Crashes the GOP Debate With Style

Somehow we missed this one, but Ellen DeGeneres was actually in the GOP debate that took place on Fox News in August.

In a taped skit that aired at the top of the show, DeGeneres imagines an alternate reality where she landed a spot on stage the Republican presidential debate thinking it was a game show taping for celebrity “Family Feud.” DeGeneres then serenades Jeb Bush with a banjo, steals wads of cash from Donald Trump’s wallet to “make it rain” and tries to make the men onstage come to terms with marriage equality in all 50 states.

“I am for it! Anyone else?” DeGeneres, photoshopped into the FOX News debate, asks the GOP candidates. “The times are a changing – I mean, have you seen my wife?”


Bow Down, Because Amy Schumer is the Queen of Comedy

Ellen DeGeneres is usually the one cracking up her guests, but not when she in the company of Amy Schumer.

The comedian visited The Ellen Show to give what was arguably the most epic and hilarious interviews to date.

Schumer appeared on Ellen to talk sexual harassment, food, dating, and being compared to Dianna Agron. But the host was totally cool with it, because she couldn’t stop cracking up!

In the amazing clip, Schumer discussed the difference between being in your 20s and 30s, wine teeth, popcorn, Tinder, hanging out with the almost unsettlingly pretty Dianna Agron, dating scones, and UTIs.

Out Aussie Singer-Songwriter Courtney Barnett Set To Appear On ‘The Ellen Show’

Out singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett is a breath of fresh air and we’ve been listening to this songs, on a loop, for months.

So its great to hear, the out Aussie singer-songwriter has been conscripted to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show early next week, the same day that (oh, no big deal) Michelle Obama will be in attendance, giving Barnett arguably one of her most high-profile audiences to date.

Barnett spent a solid number of years playing in other people’s bands before she decided to go it alone a couple of years ago. She recorded a debut EP with the help of friends, and has since created buzz all over the globe – most notably with her performance at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, which is known for unearthing breakout bands and artists.


Barnett’s partner is Jen Cloher, a singer-songwriter, and they live together in Melbourne. They have worked together and the track Numbers is about their relationship and the age difference.

If you like fun, folky, throwback rock and roll music – something kinda retro and kinda fresh all at once – you’ll love Barnett’s sound.



Ellen’s New Show – ‘The Slaps’

Have you heard about The Slap? No, well its a new four-episode American mini-series on NBC, which stars a list critically acclaimed actors – Zachary Quinto, Melissa George, Peter Sarsgaard and Uma Thurman.

To help promot the new show Ellen DeGeneres created a little parody on the The Ellen Show. A hilarious video cutting together all of the times she has fake-slapped people in her comic sketches… and we’re not gonna lie, we thought the actual The Slap would have been a little more like this:

The actual show explores how a family deteriorates after a father is taken to court for slapping another person’s child. The series is a remake of the Australian show of the same name, and that in turn was based on a novel. The first episode aired on Feb. 12, with the second airing this week on NBC.

Portia de Rossi Laughs Off ‘Marriage Problems’ With Ellen On Good Morning America

Portia de Rossi sat down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America and addressed the rumours that she and wife Ellen are experiencing marriage problems.

Last year, the couple were forced to deny rumours of rows and fall-outs, but if you are a follower of their social media accounts then, you’d see the hollywood power couple appear to be happier than ever in their relationship.

More: The Social Media War Continues Between Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi

Texas And Sharleen Spiteri To Headline Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride organisers have announced that Texas, fronted by legendary singer Sharleen Spiteri, will headline this year’s event.

The singer is big LGBT ally and massive lesbian icon, with her songs have been featured in The L Word, and used as the title track to 90s US sitcom Ellen in which she made a cameo.

Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, Mark Fletcher, said:

“2015 marks the 25th anniversary of events celebrating LGBT life in Manchester across the August Bank Holiday weekend. It’s an incredibly special year and the Manchester Pride year-round events calendar will reflect this important anniversary.

“We look forward to welcoming thousands of people to the City over the Big Weekend as we continue with our fundraising aims to raise as much as possible for the various organisations that we support.”

Mark Fletcher

This year also marks Texas’ 25 years anniversary. They first burst onto the music scene in 1989 with I Don’t Want A Lover.

LGBT Ally, Colin Farrell Gets Full Support From Ellen DeGeneres As She Tweets Praise

LGBT ally, Colin Farrell was given the ultimate seal of approval from Ellen DeGeneres for his comments on same-sex marriage.

This week, Farrell was interviewed in Ireland on new Claire Byrne’s current affairs show on the subject of marriage equality and the Irish referendum.

In the slot, the Irish actor passionately spoke about the struggles his brother Eamon – who is gay and happily married – faced growing up in Ireland. He gave a compelling account of the abuse and homophobia his brother Eamon suffered

“There was great hardship that he was experiencing every day in school. He went to school under great duress. He got plenty of beatings and got called names continuously.

I remember him coming home with blood on his shirt, and he got plenty of beatings and he got just called names continuously……..so he had a very very very tough time, a lot of cruelty, like real, absolute shameful cruelty that was placed upon him.”

Colin Farrell

In the interview, Colin went on to say he supports marriage equality “with every fibre of my being”.

Watch the follow interview here

Classic Response From Ellen DeGeneres To The Pastor Who Accused Her Of Turning Kids Gay

‘The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another.’

Ellen DeGeneres

Watch the classic response Ellen DeGeneres send to the pastor Larry Tomczak who wrote an article for the Christian Post that claimed Hollywood has a ‘gay agenda’.

He claimed DeGeneres promotes her marriage and her ‘lesbianism’ in between interviews with people like Taylor Swift in order to force boys and girls into embracing an ‘immoral’, ‘unnatural’ and ‘shameful’ lifestyle.

“Larry I don’t even know what it means to celebrate my lesbianism, well I guess it’s that. I don’t have an agenda. I’m not here to brainwash anyone but listen to the sound of my voice. Attention youth of the world, I want you to live your lives being exactly as you are. The most important thing is to be true to yourself.”

Ellen DeGeneres

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres Rock The People’s Choice Awards

Winners for the People’s Choice Awards 2015 were announced during a live broadcast hosted by Anna Faris and Allison Janney last night on the CBS Television Network.

But the couple who owned the show was Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres. Photographers couldn’t get enough of them on the carpet, backstage and inside the show.

Both were nominated tonight were nominated for awards, with Portia is nominated with the cast of Scandal for Favorite Network TV Drama, and Ellen is up for the Favorite Daytime TV Host award, which she of course won. Meaning this is her 15th People’s Choice Award!

Now in its 41st year, the People’s Choice Awards is the only major awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favourites in movies, music and television.

ellen-degeneres-portia-de-rossi-people-04 ellen-degeneres-portia-de-rossi-people-02 The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

Ellen DeGeneres And Portia De Rossi Address Baby Rumors

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are putting an end to baby rumours.

“No, we’re not gonna have a baby? OK, good for me to know now.”

Ellen DeGeneres

De Rossi appeared on The Ellen Show, with DeGeneres’ grilling her wife over tabloid claims they’re going to start a family.

“They want us to have a baby. Did you see it says, ‘They’re finally starting a family’. Like, are people really that mad at us? … So, um, no … we’re not.”

Portia De Rossi

And finally Portia de Rossi gets put in the dunk tank!

Lesbian Favourites Wanda Sykes and Ellen DeGeneres

Lesbian favourite Wanda Sykes visited The Ellen Show to talk about dinner time at her house with her wife and twins.

The insight into the comedian’s personal life was a nice one to see. Even with all of her visible roles, Wanda Sykes has always been highly protective of her family and personal life. Sykes married her beautiful French wife – Alex, during the brief period in which California allowed same-sex marriage; the couple held a small ceremony for close family and friends in Palm Springs. However, when California’s Proposition 8 passed in the November 2008 election, banning same-sex marriage, Sykes decided to lend her celebrity to the cause of marriage equality. After discussing it with Alex, Sykes came out in a speech at a rally in Las Vegas. Since then, Sykes has stayed involved in the political effort to restore same-sex marriage rights in California.

In May 2009 Sykes was selected to perform at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency. In addition to being the first African-American woman to fill the role, she was also the first openly gay person, either male or female. There seems to be in no danger of Sykes giving up her biting, personal style of comedy any time soon:

“I love doing stand-up, because it gives me the freedom to say what I really want to say. I think that’s why it’s my favorite thing to do,”

Dinner Time at Wanda Sykes’ House