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Ellen Degeneres Is No Victim of a ‘Political Takedown’

A new op-ed suggests that Ellen DeGeneres is the target of a vast "progressive left" conspiracy. Nothing could be more insulting, and untrue.

  • A new op-ed suggests that Ellen DeGeneres is the victim of a political takedown.
  • The op-ed claims that because DeGeneres is “friendly” with George W. Bush, Hollywood orchestrated a world-class “takedown” of the once-untouchable star.
  • Not only is this accusation entirely specious political claptrap; it has no basis in reality.

Ellen DeGeneres is a victim.

That is, of course, if you believe the new op-ed released by Phil Boas for the AZ Republic. According to Boas, DeGeneres is the target of a vast “progressive left” conspiracy that began when she was first spotted with George W. Bush.

But not only is Boas’ article utterly devoid of facts, but it’s also specious political claptrap.

The Right Doesn’t Exactly Support Ellen DeGeneres

Boas suggests that the “progressive left” is looking to take down Ellen DeGeneres because she was spotted with George W. Bush at a tennis game.

But if that were the case, the right would be the first ones to stand behind DeGeneres.

But that’s not what’s happening.

There is no proof that Ellen DeGeneres is tied to Jeffrey Epstein, yet the political right continues to suggest otherwise. | Source: Twitter

The far, conspiratorial right — led by the admittedly-odious QAnon — is falsely accusing her of being tied to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Even though there’s absolutely nothing that ties Ellen DeGeneres to Epstein, QAnon Twitter is a hornet’s nest of accusations against her.

VIDEO: A QAnon Video Falsely Ties Ellen DeGeneres To Jeffrey Epstein

It doesn’t exactly sound like the “right” is stepping up to protect DeGeneres from this alleged vast “left-wing political conspiracy theory.” If anything, both the left and the right seem to agree that Ellen DeGeneres needs to be canceled.

She’s Been Mean For A Long Time

It may seem like Ellen DeGeneres is only now getting accused of being a total monster.

But a basic Google search reveals that these accusations have lingered in Hollywood for a long time — even before “cancel culture” and Twitter was a thing.

Back in 2007, DeGeneres refused to book comedian Kathy Griffin on her show, calling her “mean.” But according to Griffin, who detailed the encounter in her autobiography, not only was DeGeneres the mean one, but she also “has a mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about.

Let’s not even discuss DeGeneres’ response to the 2007 writer’s strike.

Let’s not even discuss the reports from “everyday people” that have had the displeasure of dealing with Ellen DeGeneres over the years.

And let’s really not get into this infamously uncomfortable moment, back when Mariah Carey was a guest on her show in 2010.

VIDEO: Mariah Carey Wasn’t Here For Ellen DeGeneres’ Shenanigans Back In 2010

Then there are Boas’s political leanings — which are so right-wing that he thinks that protesters are “irrational” and “unhinged,” that COVID-19 is nothing more than nasty flu. He even called Mark Ruffalo (a notoriously professional and kind actor) a “snob” because he spoke out against Ellen DeGeneres’ friendship with George W. Bush.

Boas’ defense of Ellen DeGeneres is not only disingenuous; it’s rooted in nasty political polemics — and mistreatment of employees is not a political issue, but a human one.

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Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:24 PM

Bernadette Giacomazzo

Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, and photographer whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post,, and more. She is also the author of The Uprising series and is the CEO of the acclaimed G-Force Marketing & Publicity firm, which has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter and has scored film, television, radio, and print placements for celebrity clientele worldwide. Reach her via email. Visit her LinkedIn profile here.