Internet consensus: DeGeneres’ Liza Minnelli joke “mean,” “transphobic”

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.”

Minnelli, for the record, did not look particularly amused either. She’s repeatedly denied going under the knife.

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Caitlin Dewey is The Post’s digital culture critic. Follow her on Twitter @caitlindewey or subscribe to her daily newsletter on all things Internet. (



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Caitlin Dewey · March 2, 2014