The beloved Ellen DeGeneres has been called ‘Entertainer of the Year’ but the OUT magazine. The LGBTQ publication revealed the number with Ellen on the cover announcing their decision to give the great honor to everyone’s favorite comedian host this past Monday.
Of course, we live in a progressive society and nowadays we like to believe most people accept other sexual orientations aside from heterosexual as part of the norm but it wasn’t always so easy to be openly gay, even for entertaining TV personality.
In an interview for OUT, the comedienne shared more about her experience coming out publicly to her audience and the bashing she had to go thorough at first.
“I was the punch line of lots of jokes. I laughed at some, but I realized there’s somebody on the other side of them. It’s cruel. I’ve never liked mean comedy, but that became even more important to me after I was the brunt of it.”
After her own sitcom was canceled Ellen was worried that her career was over considering it took years for her talk show to rise to fame.
“Before this show, I had a lot of insecurity. I wasn’t sure if I was going to work again, and although I was out, I was still trying to alter myself — not dressing the way I wanted to dress or wearing my hair the way I wanted to. I slowly gained the confidence to be authentic, and what I’ve learned about other people is that they strive to be authentic, too. So whether they fully support me, love my lifestyle, or love that I’m married to a woman, I think they like that authenticity, and they’re drawn to it.”
The TV personality even explained in the interview why she recently chose to openly criticize the already controversial Donald Trump.
“Even my agent said, ‘I’ve never seen you be so partisan.’ I’m not really a political person, but when somebody’s acting like an entitled, lying brat, and you know he’s hurt a lot of people, it’s easy to see what kind of human being he is.”
It was definitely difficult for the star to become what she is today, but Ellen hopes her story is a great example and a ray of hope for the LGBTQ community.
“If this isn’t an example of ‘It gets better,’ I don’t know what is. Time is a strange thing. I was at rock bottom and out of money, with no work in sight, but one step at a time, it gets better. It gets much better than better.”