Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most genial people on television, but she's more than willing to get real if she needs to. Earlier this week, she addressed an article written by an anti-gay pastor (titled "Are You Aware of the Avalanche of Gay Programming Assaulting Your Home?") that specifically called out Ellen for "celebrating lesbianism" and referred to her marriage to Portia de Rossi in quotation marks. Ellen, of course, would not have any of it. "I don't usually read anything about myself," she said. "But I heard there was an article written about me and I would like to address it right now."
"First of all, I'm not 'married,' I'm married," Ellen continued, mocking the pastor's use of scare quotes to describe her marriage. "That's all." Then, addressing the pastor by name, she said she doesn't "even know what it means to celebrate my lesbianism." Regarding claims that she's trying to promote some kind of "gay agenda," Ellen politely shut him down. "The only way I'm trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another," she said. "That is the message that I'm sending out. I don't have an agenda." Then she pretended to brainwash the audience into staying true to themselves and wearing Ellen-branded underwear. And that is how you deal with haters.
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