Skip to comments.Ellen DeGeneres, 'Sacred Cow' of PBS
Posted on 11/02/2012 8:24:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
The PBS broadcast of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize on Oct. 30 was a festival of tributes to Ellen DeGeneres -- which is fine, since she is quite talented comically. But it wasn't so much a tribute for the comedy as it was for her pioneering work promoting homosexuality.
For laughs, consult top producer Cappy McGarr, who insisted Ellen wasn't picked for political reasons: "The Kennedy Center is apolitical. We have had so many people who have their own brand and type of humor. We don't pick winners because of any advocacy they do. It is all about funny and a funny life."
DeGeneres certainly has earned her shelf full of People's Choice Awards. But in the Obama years, the Twain Prize has shifted unmistakably toward liberal politicking. In 2010, this gang chose 40-year-old Tina Fey for this lifetime-achievement honor, and she laid into conservatives from the stage. "I want to thank everyone involved with the Kennedy Center, or, as it will soon be known, the Tea Party Bowling Alley and Rifle Range."
Fey was so militantly left wing that PBS censored (oh the irony) her nastiest stuff. "The success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women -- except, of course, those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape kit and stuff," Fey said. "But for everybody else, it's a win-win -- Unless you're a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years -- whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us -- unless you believe in evolution."
In 2012, the same tilt happened. Witness the Latino comedian John Leguizamo. "How about that, people? A gay woman on PBS with public money and the Kennedys, huh? It's like the Tea Party's worst nightmare, being chased by a binder full of smart women into an event like this, with a guy like me on stage who looks illegal!"
This year's show was a one-sided tribute to the gay agenda, and like your typical PBS show, no conservative point of view was anywhere in sight. The program's emcee, Jimmy Kimmel, began: "In 1998, I mustered the courage to come out of the closet despite the fact that I'm not gay. That's how inspiring this woman is ... She's one of the most inspiring people I've ever met."
Then came her fellow Hollywood homosexuals. Jane Lynch: "I'm pretty darn sure I could not have the career I have, that I could not live as openly as I've lived, if it hadn't been for you. You really took one for the team back then in the 1990s ... You are also a sterling example of how to be a force for compassion, good and understanding in the world, and you are my idol."
Sean Hayes: "You are a hero to me and to countless others. You have changed America. You have changed the world. We didn't have a voice till there was you. We didn't have visibility till there was you. And quite simply, we didn't have the level of hope that we have now till there was you."
Lily Tomlin picked up on the Mark Twain theme: "Ellen, this honor so befits you, so becomes you. Like Huck, you are a folk hero, too. And like Huck, who had the courage to confront the code of convention (racism), rather than betray a friend, you, Ellen, had the same courage to confront convention and not betray yourself or your sense of destiny, and the world would never be the same."
Jason Mraz picked up his guitar and sang an Ellen tribute song. On PBS, Ellen is a sacred cow. The rapid-fire lyrics included "You got a wingspan spanning the globe," and "You're a wise old owl when the cats meow" and "If this were India, then you'd be a sacred cow. And I'd bow down to you, so grateful to the gods for making you." (Have you ever read more stupid lyrics?)
In accepting the prize, DeGeneres joked, "I realize now with all the gay presenters and a lot of you tonight, this could have been on Bravo." Then she added, "Thanks to everyone at PBS. I am so happy to be a part of your final season."
Cows are female, DeGenerate is not.
Sacred cow, huh? Well, half true.
Why do we care what Ellen says?
They day I heard Degeneres would get this award (Oct. 18) I happened to be channel flipping.
Degeneres’ show that day featured 5 male underwear models (nearly naked of course). One segment was Nicole Ritchie (yes, Paris Hilton’s friend) blind-folded and smelling them to try and detect some fragrance.
Another segment was the men roaming the audience to the hoots and pawing of Degeneres’ mostly female audience.
And America’s leftist “cultural elite” is honoring her for this?
Likewise, Candy Crowley is the cow of CNN
So how’s having Degenerate as a spokes person working out for you,
HA! I was just about to post the same comment when I saw the title.
For once I commend Ellen on her prescience. Predicting a Romney win and the end of PBS at a gathering of the politically ignorant is marvelous.
I quit watching her when she shifted from being professionally funny to professionally gay.
She may have endeared herself to a very small minority, but she alienated over 90% of the country that still thinks one’s sexual orientation is a private matter, and not for public exploitation.
If this makes me “unenlightened”, then I’ll just sit here in the dark, thank you.
Can anything represent the sheer lameness of our current “cultural elites” more than this? That’s really the only bit of humor to genuinely be found here... the twisted, dark humor of embarrassment over how a heritage of vibrant American culture and witty humorists has devolved to the point of Ellen Degeneres receiving a Mark Twain award amidst a slew of smug, elitist grievance-peddlers?
Where was Shecky Green's tribute?
I thought Rosie was the cow?
And there I thought she was a bull-****.
Oh well. I guess I'm confused.
FACTCHECK, if memory recall serves me properly, Ellen's so-called life partner had a psychological breakdown from issues dealing with her abnormal sexual relationship, ran out, then eventually married a man.
It was the laws of nature that made her leave the relationship, not the laws of man.
Think: Jaba de CNN
Which one of the Kennedys was it that reportedly respected women and didn't treat them as just a piece of slimy tail?
Jack? Bobby? Ted?
Shut the hell up about things you comedians no nothing about.
In Houston Texas we have a lesbian mayor. We have one of the nation's largest gay pride parades.
However the t!tty bars now require the women to wear pasties and the mayor pushed through a $5 "rape tax" on admissions (which was being fought in the courts) because of the implication that staring a nekkid ladies dancing causes rape.
It is the corrupt Democrat run city of Houston that has backlogged the testing of rape kits and built over a billion dollars worth of sports areas while shuttering our existing sports facilities.
PBS: Pedophiles, Bestiality, and Sodomy?