ellen degeneres takes some heat from LGBT activists sometimes because she isn't "political" enough, or she doesn't use her position of power to push forward LGBT issues, and or her talk show is too gay-lite. and on and on and on.
eh. we queers are hard to please.
i'm a big ellen fan. her coming out episode was so historic, and brave, and gawd knows she took a big hit for doing it. people tend to forget that ellen disappeared for a few years after her very-lesbian show was cancelled and it wasn't because she decided to take a long holiday. the "industry" wanted nothing to do with her, and she fought her way back and now has a fabulously successful, award-winning talk show. and i say kudos to her. we aren't all overtly political. and that's fine with me. she's open, she's OUT, and hell, she has portia on her arm. it doesn't get much better than that.
the fact is, when tragedy strikes our community, Ellen has always been one of the first "celebrities" to step up and speak out (think back to matthew shepard). and she just did it again, talking about a horrific murder in california that no one, especially the mainstream media, seems to be paying much attention to at all:
last spring my pal mike hein wrote a big "expose" about an equalitymaine media training i was organizing in portland. His headline?
ellen degeneres would be proud.
gawd i hope so.
for me, that would be the ultimate compliment.