Was Ellen's Joke About Liza During The Oscars' Opening "Transphobic," As Critics Contend?
Was Ellen's joke about Liza Minnelli being a female impersonator "transphobic"?
The Internet is aflame with critics lobbing the serious accusations Ellen's way after the Academy Awards host flatly poked fun at Liza's drag queen following.
"Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen,” Ellen laughed. “Good job, sir.”
The camera panned to Liza, who was very obviously not laughing at the joke. She was joined online by folks like director Bruce LaBruce, who decided Ellen's punch line was "transphobic."
I did not appreciate Ellen's mean joke about Liza. I found it transphobic and disrespectful.
— Bruce LaBruce (@BruceLaBruce) March 3, 2014
Michael Phillips, a film critic at the Tribune, agreed:
Ellen DeGeneres, #Oscars emcee, pulls out a Liza-tranny joke that must've been laying around from last year's MacFarlane edition.
— michael phillips (@phillipstribune) March 3, 2014
These sensitive folks and the others who've retweeted them seem to forget that there is a fundamental difference between a drag queen and a transg woman. But who cares what I think! What do you think, Instincters? Was Ellen's joke about Liza transphobic as many have come forward to contend or simply harmless?