AfterEllen.com’s 2009 Naughty or Nice List

 
 

Ellen and Portia wage a gay marriage propaganda war on the entire world

2009 was a banner year for lesbian supercouple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. They enjoyed individual successes with their TV shows (The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Better Off Ted, respectively); Ellen landed a permanent judging spot on American Idol and a cover shoot on Oprah’s O Magazine; Portia locked up negotiations on the long-awaited Arrested Development movie; together, they guested on The Newlywed Game; together, they interviewed on Oprah; and Ellen even had Portia as a guest on her own show.

Twice they invited cameras into their home for Ellen’s show, and each time they came off as the most adorable couple ever in the history of the world. While NOM and various other “pro-family” organizations were explaining that gay marriage would lead anarchy and death, Ellen and Portia were adopting dogs and laughing with one another and talking about true love and teaching the world to sing.

Next time a state puts same-sex marriage on the ballot, LGBT rights groups ought to skip the grass roots campaigning and just pay for ad space to show interviews with Ellen and Portia.

Wanda Sykes roasts the president, sets Rush Limbaugh on fire

There’s no such thing as a little bit of Wanda Sykes, a lesson the Obama administration learned when they asked the openly gay comic to speak at the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Responding to Rush Limbaugh’s proclamation that he hoped the Obama administration’s policies would fail, Sykes said: “Maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight … l hope this country fails? I hope his kidney fails! What? Too much?”

The speech caused a Conservative combustion on the Internet, but when Wanda visited The Tonight Show a few weeks later to talk about the dinner, she told Jay Leno that she didn’t even know about the controversy until a friend texted her the next day: “‘Somebody called you a black [bleeped expletive].’ I was like, ‘What the hell? How about happy Mother’s Day?’”

The attention Wanda received was the catalyst for her new late night talk show on Fox.

A year after coming out, Sykes became the first African American woman to speak at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and the first woman to have her own late night talk show. She hasn’t shied away from talking about her wife or their twin daughters.

Caustic and occasionally raunchy might land Wanda Sykes on some people’s Naughty List, but she’s become a leading advocate for LGBT rights, and every time she makes a bigoted fool cry, we have to laugh. Is it Nice? Oh, we think so.

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