Things are not looking good for Ellen DeGeneres. The comedian took to Twitter to wish her friend Katy Perry a happy birthday, but many are calling her tweet “sexist.” Ellen referenced Katy’s breasts in the birthday message and given the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal, many thought she was being insensitive.
“Happy birthday @katyperry, it’s time to bring out the big balloons,” The Ellen Show host wrote alongside a photo of her gawking at Katy’s breasts with her laughing wife Portia de Rossi. It wasn’t long before her account was flooded with tweets of disapproval. “If a DUDE said this the World would stop,” comedian Michael Rappaport wrote before TV personality Piers Morgan added, “If a man made this joke, Ellen would lead the cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’”
WTF? Ellen Weinstein? @TheEllenShow totally unacceptable.
— Erik Kunzelman (@ErikEKunzelman) October 25, 2017
If a man made this joke, Ellen would lead the cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’ https://t.co/lgXNX82Nk8
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 25, 2017
In her defense, we know Ellen, 59, was trying to make her longtime friend laugh. However, that did not stop many from calling her a hypocrite seeing as she recently spoke out about the ongoing sexual harassment in Hollywood. “This is not a male thing or a female thing, it is not a Hollywood or political thing, this is a human thing and it happens in the workplace, it happens in families, it happens all over the world and we are all the same,” she said. “We all want the same thing, we want respect, love, and kindness. And if I could have those three things and an iPhone X, I’d be happy.”
Ellen has yet to respond to the controversy, but this is not the first time she has been blasted for an “inappropriate” tweet. Last year, she was called racist after she Photoshopped herself onto Usain Bolt and captioned the image, “This is how I’m running errands from now on.” Her fans found it to be extremely offensive and Ellen quickly apologized. “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am,” she wrote.