Ellen DeGeneres posted a tearful video on social media calling for racial discrimination but in recent months people were more focused on calling her out for her problematic behavior.
“I don’t know what to say. I am so sad, and I am so angry,” DeGeneres said in an emotional video, posted Monday. “And I know I’m not gonna say the right thing, and I know there are gonna be a lot of people who are gonna be in disagreement about what I say.”
“I have a platform, and I have a voice, and I have always stood for equality, and I always wanted to be the voice for people who didn’t have a voice,” she went on saying . “Because I know what that feels like.”
The talk show host stated that some people may not understand the scale of the violence, but need to understand it to “heal it.”
“I’m just so sorry that it’s come to this,” said DeGeneres. “This has gone on way, way, way, way too long. People have gotten away with murder.”
She ended her video by calling for “fairness and justice for all,” and recognizing that even reaching racial equality, we still have “a long way to go”
DeGeneres’ video came after police brutality demonstrations and George Floyd’s death rose in recent days.
And while her message was clearly meant to unite people, some people came up against the perceived hypocrisy of DeGeneres in calling for equality and empathy when she allegedly dealt poorly with her own workers. Others urged the rich host to donate money, rather than just make videos.
An earlier DeGeneres tweet about the demonstrations of Pride Month and Black Lives Matter also sparked a similar outrage on social media among her followers, who called her a “racist” and “hypocrite” and commented on her relationship with former President George Bush.