Openly gay talk show host Ellen Degeneres was accused of “transphobia” after making a joke about actress Liza Minnelli at last night’s Oscars.
The joke: “Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen. Good job, sir.”
The camera cut to Minnelli, who was noticeably annoyed by the jab. Minnelli is frequently impersonated by cross dressers, hence the source of the joke.
The actress attended the Oscars in celebration of “The Wizard of Oz,” which was honored at the ceremony.
“I did not appreciate Ellen’s mean joke about Liza,” director Bruce LaBruce wrote. “I found it transphobic and disrespectful.”
Emily Aviva Kapor: “If you missed what transmisogynist thing Ellen did, she called Liza Minelli an impersonator and said ‘Good job, sir’. Lesbian icon, folks.”
Michael Phillips: “Ellen DeGeneres, #Oscars emcee, pulls out a Liza-tranny joke that must’ve been laying around from last year’s MacFarlane edition.”