Ellen + vocab

2 Jan

I liked “Ellen.”  That is the first of Ellen Degeneres’ pastiche shows named after herself.  I thought Ellen Morgan’s sanguineattitude and observational humor was really likable and funny.  Ellen Morgan always had a very plastic personality on thespoof sit-com as she wanted everyone to like her.  Ellen Morgan had a habit of prattling when she got nervous–which was often.  Ellen’s tangential manner of verbose speech was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the show.  Like her real life counterpart, Ellen Morgan was winsome and people liked her right away.  Critics gave Season 2 and 3 much encomium and the medley, “Ellen” was successful as a show.  I started watching the show in fifth grade when my teacher mentioned themirth “Ellen” caused her.

No one knew it at first, but Ellen Degeneres was growing restive about her personal life and the direction of Ellen Morgan the character.  At the zenith of “Ellen’s” popularity, Degeneres decided Morgan would come out as a lesbian to imitate her own personal life.   Ellen Degeneres openly said she was lesbian, which sort of made sense, and she wanted to be moreostentatious about it.  It may have been a bad decision for the show, or just something the public and TV studio was not ready for, but Ellen Degeneres coming out, then wanting her character to also come out was a juncture in “Ellen.”  For the entire fourth season of “Ellen” gay clues were thrown in to forestall the coming out.  There became a tension in the show, and the gay direction clearly caused dissonance with Ellen Degeneres, the actors, creators, writers, network, and viewers.  I’m sure the network wanted Degeneres to marinate on her decision to make the character gay, thinking the idea wasephemeral.  Degeneres stuck to her guns and outed Ellen Morgan to grievous consequences.  The majority of the public found both Degeneres’ and Morgan’s “lifestyle” impious.  All of the religious zealots put pressure on the network (affiliated with Disney) to take the show off the air.  The producers and other people in charge were craven so they put a warning label before the show began.  A majority of the show’s former viewers abstained from watching the new, gay-themed show.

I remember knowing how my parents felt about gay issues when they abased both Degneres and her show and disallowed it in our living room.  “Ellen’s” declivity went on for the entire fourth and especially fifth seasons of the show.  The producers began to militate against Degeneres in an effort to “control” the show’s direction and take it to a more wholesome place.  By the middle of the fifth season, anyone could see the show and everyone affiliated with it were going down into the abyss and wouldn’t last much longer.  Degeneres and her message had become heterogeneous with her audience.  Everyonejettisoned Ellen Degeneres in a hurry.  Not just the Christian Right, but other factions antagonized everyone to do with “Ellen” so much, they had little choice but to cancel the show.

Afterward, Degeneres’ reputation was marred to such an extent you could not find her on an internet search.  Degeneres herself, wavered in her commitment to be adamantly gay and holed up out of the public eye in a depression.  Time and the introduction of “Will and Grace” as a popular gay-themed show palliated Ellen Degeneres’ image slowly, but surely.  This new and popular show, bolstered Degeneres’ confidence and you began to see her doing stand-up (with very few or no gay undertones) again.  As feelings began to change about homos, Ellen’s past “indiscretions” were alleviated according to the public.   Degeneres quit pushing the gay issues so hard, and the public remembered why they had liked her gregariouspersonality in the first place.

Though I think it was unnecessary to change “Ellen” so completely, sacrificing the original humor of the show, and pushing the gay issue, I lavish Degeneres with praise for being so courageous and trying to change the views of everyone.  I’m glad Degeneres abdicated stand-up and sit-coms in favor of her talk show though I liked most of the former.  I think her keen andarbitrary observations are hilarious and her sportive dancing is a crowd-pleaser for sure.  I also give Degeneres acclaim and am glad she was exonerated in the public, though it is silly she was “tried” the public arena at all.  Though I give kudosto Degeneres and hail her work on gay rights, which moved us along, I do not like her as a person, to my dismay.

I saw an episode of “The Ellen Degeneres Show” where she chastises an actor (I can’t for the life of me remember who) and pressure him to quit smoking, when all the while, Degeneres herself had been a (reticent) long-term smoker who was smoking at the time of the admonishment!  I thought she was a hypocrite for the smoking stuff, but the acme of Degeneres’ personal hypocrisy came when she cheated on her girlfriend–after having been so devastated when Ann Heche cheated on her.  The third reason I don’t like Ellen Degeneres as a person is her bifurcation with Lucy, her puppy.

Ellen, a spokes-person for Pet-Co, garrulously talked on her talk show about the new puppy she rescued.  She wasluminous when she mentioned the pup everyday, and had a contest to name the dog she had adopted.  On the show, Ellen appeared a hero of animals and doting pet owner, based on her own articulate fawning over “Lucy.”  Then, suddenly, Ellen started on a teary “admission” to her audience:  She had blithely rescued the dog when she didn’t really have the adequate time to spend with it.  She glibly maintained she had done the responsible thing and placed the dog with her hair-dresser and family who she knew personally and trusted to care for the puppy.

Though Ellen was an extolled spokes-person for Pet-Co and probably signed papers regarding the dog’s welfare and placement, she seemed surprised that the (cogent) adoption agency said giving the dog to someone else was against the adoption terms and asked for the dog back.  Degeneres cried when relating the tyro pet owner had little kids who didn’t understand why the dog was taken back.  On air, Ellen had the audacity to upbraid the adoption agency for breaking up a family–even though she probably realized full well she had shirked her responsibility towards the dog, and why they did it.  To me, Ellen seemed maudlin when telling the story to her audience, and I got the impression her woes were more about the way she looked as a (formerly exalted) Pet-Co advocate, then Lucy’s situation.

So even though I appreciate and approve what Ellen Degeneres did for the gay community, and WANT to like her because she’s so funny and SEEMS so nice and down to Earth, I find her a little mercurial, question her ethics and think she’s a hypocrite.

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