TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been slammed for being sexist in a birthday tweet she directed at singer Katy Perry.
Ellen posted a birthday wish to 33-year-old Katy Perry on Twitter, with a photo of her staring at Katy Perry’s breasts as she stood alongside her wife Portia de Rossi at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
“Happy birthday, @KatyPerry!” Ellen tweeted. “It’s time to bring out the big balloons!”
While the words “It’s time to bring out the big balloons!” come from Katy Perry’s 2013 song ‘Birthday’, people on Twitter said that Ellen’s tweet was insensitive, especially in light of the sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood around Harvey Weinstein.
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“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. #unreal” said one tweet.
“Not appropriate, regardless of gender. I'd be offended if this tweet was about me on my birthday,” another commented.
“WTF? Ellen Weinstein? @TheEllenShow totally unacceptable.”
“Imagine the absolute uproar there would be if this tweet was from a man. Probably get dropped by the network. But no, all good "fun".”
Neither Ellen or Katy Perry have talked about the tweet. However, Ellen has spoken on her own show about sexual misconduct.
“This is not a male thing or a female thing. It is not a Hollywood thing or a political thing. This is a human thing,” she said earlier this month.
“And it happens in the workplace, it happens in families, it happens all over the world, and we are all the same.”
“Part of the problem is that from a young age, girls are taught to stay quiet and be nice, and that boys are stronger and somehow we are less than,” the daytime host said. “That is why it is hard for us to speak out — and even when we do speak out, people don’t believe us. But there is power in numbers and good for us, good for everyone speaking out. I want to say thank you to everybody speaking out.”