Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (April 4, 2008)

 
 

THIS WEEK IN ELLEN
Ellen DeGeneres
was certainly busy this week, as she made her way into my in box in several ways. (Get your minds out of the gutter, folks! Hee.)

First up: GLAAD announced that Ellen will be presenting Janet Jackson with the Vanguard Award at the

19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. You may be excused for wondering why Miss Jackson’s getting a GLAAD award, since she hasn’t really done anything, well, gay recently.

According to GLAAD, "The Vanguard Award is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community." Still confused? Me too (though I don’t doubt Janet’s very LGBT-friendly). Let’s just focus on the fact that Ellen will be handing out the award. Perhaps GLAAD thinks that Ellen’s gayness will somehow rub off onto the recipient.

Meanwhile, Ellen backed out of co-hosting Fox’s Idol Gives Back, citing scheduling conflicts. Really? It’s not a protest action due to Idol‘s continued lack of out lesbian/bi contestants? Darn.

And finally, the April 11 issue of Entertainment Weekly arrived in my mailbox yesterday with Ellen on the cover.

In the interview, EW asked Ellen if the subject of her sexuality arose when producers were planning her first sitcom, originally known as These Friends of Mine. Ellen replied:

People didn’t know what to do with me. If you have the lead of a show, she is usually married or looking for the right guy. I was honest with Carol [Black] and Neal [Marlens]. I said, "This may affect what you’re doing. I’m gay." They knew, so I said, "Okay, I just don’t want any surprises, and I don’t want you to spend all this money, invest in me, and think that I’m keeping it a secret." They asked if I wanted to be gay on the show, and I said, "No, God no!" I was still very closeted. But I just wanted to be honest so they didn’t feel like they were getting tricked or something.

I’m certainly glad that Ellen worked out her issues about being out, but I can’t help but think that TV producers certainly have limited imaginations. Gee, isn’t there anything a female lead character could do besides be married or search for Mr. Right? I’m at a loss for words.

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