Why is it that I feel like a bad person when I admit, I’m not much of a fan of the Ellen DeGeneres show? Like, I actually feel like I should keep it to myself, although clearly not enough to not mention it here….
You see, I am deeply committed to Oprah so will always check if she’s on before going elsewhere anyway, and really, without any hint of trying to be patronizing, I believe the two are opposite ends of the spectrum. Although there can be only one Most Influential, and Powerful Media Queen, and to all you Ellen fans, I would say, she’s wearing the crown for the moment.
Even though I admit to not quite being the Ellen fan, my interest in the media, and entertainment, does mean that I switch over on and off to her, purely to try and work out her appeal. And it suddenly dawned on me today, as to what a pure genius she is.
Let’s start firstly with the Ellen dance! Now, I know again this won’t make me popular, but I don’t get its appeal enough to start every single show with it. I mean I see everyone go nuts over it, but my brow is furrowed as I sit there and think “why?”
What I do love, is that all these straight, probably slightly more sheltered women than I know, sitting there in the audience absolutely erupt when the music starts, and Ellen starts slinking around the studio.
Yes I love that it’s all feel good, I get that, but what I do find a giggle, is that from what I know of lesbian circles, is that the dance that has become ‘Ellen’s signature dance’, is kind of the gay women’s dance.
I don’t know if it has a name, but I’ve seen it at many a gay club. So I’m totally that she’s unwittingly got all these straight girls saluting the lesbian dance, although I’m sure they don’t get the link. The same girls that I think if they had a gay female friend, may not feel as comfortable as they seem to be with Ellen.
I LOVE that, as I say again, straight women are finally so accepting of a gay woman and hang on her every word. Because someone’s sexuality has in so many areas, in the past, and still present day, been something that has been discussed in terms where it shouldn’t be a bloody issue.
So finally, thanks to Ellen, YES, of course we as women can relate to women that happen to fancy WOMEN. Great, about time!
Although I feel that where Ellen has reached huge acceptance in the heterosexual community, I wonder why other gay women seem to not be so…. well, out? I don’t believe anyone stays in the closet because they like dark, tight places. They’re in there cause they fear what people will think if they come out. Ellen couldn’t be more out, but I worry that the Ellen aftermath, hasn’t helped other gay women and stigma, as much as you’d think.
The other genius thing about Ellen is how she manages to weave hard-core, blatant self-promotion, and self-benefit, into being ‘fun’ for the audience!
For example, today she literally just delivered one line to the audience that left them cheering in their seats! “I can say now, that my cover issue of O magazine, is out tomorrow!”
Two of her staff, then came out and extended the apparently ‘fun segment’ by singing a song about it, and flashing a t-shirt over a beer belly about it. I get that people love her, but how genius to package up, ME ME ME, as fun for YOU YOU YOU. And make it a great selling issue at the same time. I guess that does make it fun? For Ellen and her powerful CV anyway…
Same goes for her building her twitter members, and her campaign to ‘dominate the world’……. She somehow, cleverly gets her audience to work for her. She uses her airtime to promote herself, when her competitors are filling the space with what will entertain the audience.
Although I feel that Oprah certainly has been accused of being ‘god like’, I will say that what I like about her is that it feels that her show is about the people. Whereas Ellen’s seems a lot about…… just her!