Ellen DeGeneres may have been one of the most adored faces of American television but of late, that title seems to be slipping out of her hands.
The chat show host became target of internet censure yet again over a controversial joke where she compared the current quarantine period to a jail term.
In her latest episode of The Ellen Show, currently getting filmed from the confines of her house, the comedian welcomed dancer Stephan Boss as the guest as he shared his dance routine with the viewers.
During the course of the episode, Ellen saw her bid to lighten things up with her humour, backfire badly.
“This is like being in jail, is what it is. It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for ten days and everyone in here is gay. The jokes that I have,” she said.
I’m thinking of you and sending love to you all. There’s no better way for me to do that than from my show. pic.twitter.com/HsKvTorsLm
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 6, 2020
The comment did not sit well with Twitter users who were quick to remind Ellen of her privilege and slam her over the ‘tone-deaf’ comment.
Users pointed out how the current conditions of detention centers are extremely perilous with many lockups in the United States seeing a spike in coronavirus cases within the confinements.
“One of the most concentrated coronavirus outbreaks in the world is happening in NYC’s biggest jail complex…The jail’s top doctor called the situation a “public health disaster” ….One inmate said: “A lot of us are going to be going home in body bags.” https://t.co/m1adElxfJP https://t.co/DIC6U4AwY8
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) 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