Ellen DeGeneres made a, shall we say, not-terribly-kind joke about actress /rumored plastic surgery devotee Liza Minnelli during her opening monologue at Sunday’s Oscars.
“Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen,” she said — to Minnelli herself. “Good job, sir.”
In the live audience: … crickets.
And on Twitter: raw outrage. Particularly among members of the LGBT community who considered DeGeneres’ joke “transphobic.”
If you missed what transmisogynist thing Ellen did, she called Liza Minelli an impersonator and said “Good job, sir”. Lesbian icon, folks.— Emily Aviva Kapor (@EmilyAviva) March 3, 2014
I did not appreciate Ellen’s mean joke about Liza. I found it transphobic and disrespectful.— Bruce LaBruce (@BruceLaBruce) March 3, 2014
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
Minnelli, for the record, did not look particularly amused either. She’s repeatedly denied going under the knife.
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