In these troubled times, celebrities are doing more than ever to clarify that our problems are nothing but jokes to them. The latest entry into the Hollywood complain-athon comes from daytime hack Ellen Degeneres.
While filming from home at her 8,000 square foot, $27 million mansion in Southern California, Ellen joked that all the time spent with her spouse, Portia de Rossi, made her feel like she was incarcerated.
"This is like being in jail. Mostly because I've been wearing the same clothes for ten days and everyone in here is gay."
Never heard of a prison having an infinity pool or five bedrooms and ten bathrooms for every pair of inmates, but maybe some white collar prisons just hit differently.
In no time, people took to Twitter to call out Ellen for her bonehead remarks, especially considering how dreary conditions have become for many actual prisoners around the country.
I cannot believe the Bish actually said, “this is what it’s like being in jail”— HM4Q (@HM4Q17) April 6, 2020
Believe me, GITMO is a lot worse,Ellen.
I’d almost assume that Ellen’s stupid “everyone in jail is gay” joke would be nixed in a normal filming situation but she’s always been awful— marshy (@sirmarshy) April 7, 2020
Doesn't.....she buy / redecorate / sell like..... multiple mansions a year?— nathan thomas (@nathrthom) April 7, 2020
People are dying, I'm afraid to leave my house every day but I have to, but ok go off Ellen. Social isolation is bad, stressful, and causes increased depression and anxiety but it ain't jail. https://t.co/vrKeI0K05g
ellen you quarantining in your mansion in designer sweats is nothing like prison https://t.co/RWFZGFKTJT— diet coke please endorse me (@rkyr4m) April 7, 2020
What a great look for Ellen as thousands of people sit in actual jail cells just hoping for the best without soap and basic protections https://t.co/RBytt0Kl4B— Caroline Darya Framke (@carolineframke) April 7, 2020
1. Mostly Black & Brown people are jailed 2. Rikers Island is currently the deadliest spot for COVID. 3. YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING MANSION. 4. Ellen is the exact white gay who did nothing during the protest of the 80s bc they were scared of going to jail. STOP SUPPORTING ELLEN. https://t.co/N5rZyvUclc— Staying the fuck home so people dont die 2020 (@josejacobarce) April 7, 2020
The outrage against Ellen comes only a few weeks after people exposed her for having a history of being a terrible boss and all around rude person.
Stories of Ellen firing people for no apparent reason and dictating that employees not make eye contact with her were pretty revealing of her character.
A) She has a "sensitive nose" so everyone must chew gum from a bowl outside her office before talking to her and if she thinks you smell that day you have to go home and shower.— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) March 20, 2020
Hoo boy, I have a few:— Josh Levesque (@JoshBLevesque) March 20, 2020
A friend of mine told me about a custodian she knew who was fired bc he was slightly autistic and forgot he wasn't allowed to look at or speak to her, and he loved greeting everyone.
While the pandemic has revealed many cracks and flaws in the U.S. economy and healthcare infrastructure, remarks like Ellen's are also reminders of how infuriating unchecked privilege really can be.
In the video, Ellen went on to say she "feel[s] bad for a lot of people" and that she "think[s] a lot of people out there need words of encouragement." With Ellen's resources to keep buying and flipping multi-million dollar mansions, people out of work and hurting from the virus could use a lot more than words.
For more of celebrities complaining about being rich, here's an especially annoying video from Cardi B: