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Liza Minnelli Talks About Ellen's "Female Impersonator" Oscars Joke

While the entire world debates whether or not Ellen's joke about Liza being a female impersonator during the Oscars opening was transphobic or not, the punch line of the joke herself has finally reacted to the "controversy." 

First, a refresher. Here's the joke that caused some in the music to accuse Ellen of "transphobia": "Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen. Good job, sir.”

Today, Liza herself quickly discussed her take on the joke with TMZ. 

"I think she thought it would be funny, but she never stopped after she said it and said, 'My friend Liza Minnelli.' So I think it went a little astray on her."

"I don't think she meant any harm at all," Liza continued. "She's a wonderful lady."

No harm done, right? Will this be the end of the "controversy"?

 

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okay she looks like she is drunk or on something..... but that's just me 

I don't really follow Liza. But I thought she was cute and honest in this video. It shows a level of class and dignity to just take things in stride. 

I am just really upset that Buster wasn't her date to the Oscars.

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How many folks out there know that Liza had Viral Encephalitis and suffered 16 seizures.  It's a miracle that she can walk or talk..Be careful how you judge others.

Lisa has lost her mind. She's a weary camera whore. She's due respect for her past accomplishments, but attempted photo bombing at the Oscars. Have some dignity. 

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Who is Lisa?

there never was a controversy other than the shit rags like Instinct start to stir the pot. Liza loved the attention and if anyone thinks Ellen has a mean bone in her body then they have been living in a rock.

In Liza's 2000 show in tribute to her father and his movies, Minnelli on Minnelli, Liza sang "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore" with new, personalized lyrics Fred Ebb has supplied including "I don't even flinch every time I see/a seven-foot drag queen dressed like me"...

What would like post Oscars be if it weren't for the vanguards of the rich and famous that must speak out in their defense as they are so clearly helpless to the point of not being able to speak for themselves.

Of course I had to rip Huffington a new one for starting crap with another star, so I am no better :)

Insane how is this offencive?

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Hey Ellen mentioned Liza, I thought the joke was hilarious, and I think everyone got the joke. Including Liza with a Z

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