Ellen Degeneres made a joke about Katy Perry's boobs yesterday on Twitter. Not everyone thought it was funny.
With so many women coming forward with sexual assault allegations against Hollywood bigwigs like Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck, and James Toback, unwanted sexual attention is a hot-button issue right now in Hollywood and beyond. People are saying that the photo and joke that Ellen posted is inappropriate and skeezy.
Ellen tweeted a message for Katy Perry's 33rd birthday.
Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It’s time to bring out the big balloons! https://t.co/w84DMphK3V— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres)1508950392.0
People were not pleased.
@TheEllenShow @katyperry WTF? Ellen Weinstein? @TheEllenShow totally unacceptable.— Erik Kunzelman (@Erik Kunzelman)1508954702.0
Other people thought that Ellen was getting let off the hook because she is a lesbian.Jeremy Rist replied, "How is this acceptable with everything going on in Hollywood? If it was a man he would be blasted. Oh, that's right she is lesbian." It seemed that a lot of people were more upset about the double standard in scrutinizing men and women for unwanted sexual advances than they were about Ellen's actual joke.
But other people thought that gender didn't have anything to do with it at all.
@TheEllenShow @katyperry Not appropriate, regardless of gender. I'd be offended if this tweet was about me on my birthday.— Janet (@Janet)1508950848.0
Twitter user @RickRock1112 used an image to get his point across.He wrote, "The way we dress doesn't mean yes," tagging #ellenweinstein, showing that when Katy Perry wore a dress with a low-cut front, she wasn't inviting people to stare down into her cleavage, even if the person staring was another woman.
Piers Morgan said it was hypocritical that Ellen was calling for more respect for women one day and then sharing this joke the next.
If a man made this joke, Ellen would lead the cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’ https://t.co/lgXNX82Nk8— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1508972029.0