Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (September 12, 2008)



This week, broke the story that Ellen DeGeneres has been tapped to be the next face of Cover Girl cosmetics. Other sites, like The New York Post‘s Page Six, followed up on the story, linking back to the ET story and reporting that DeGeneres was shooting her CG campaign this week and quoted a “spy” as saying, “She must have gotten at least $1 million for it.”

There’s just one problem with all of this — has removed the story from their website.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that neither the reps for DeGeneres or Cover Girl have commented on nor confirmed the news. So is it true? If it is, that means Ellen will be in good company, joining the ranks of other lesbian-favored Cover Girls like Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, and Tyra Banks and her army of Top Model winners.

Oh, wait, there’s one other problem. There’s already a burgeoning controversy over the fact that self-proclaimed animal lover DeGeneres would be lending her name to one of the largest U.S. companies that continues to conduct animal testing for some of their products. Oh, lordy. Having an out lesbian be the face of one the most recognizable beauty products in the world would definitely cause a tear in the time-space-homophobic stereotypes continuum, but will legions of vegetarian, PETA-loving lesbians and bi women be thrilled to hear the news?

In related news, newlyweds DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi graced the cover (in cartoon) form of The Advocate this week as a part of a feature article on the cultural impact of legalized gay marriage.

In the article, “As Ellen Goes, So Goes the Nation,” writer Michele Kort writes that in the years that have passed (11, to be exact) since DeGeneres first publicly came out and soon after faced the cancellation of her once-popular sitcom, the cultural acceptance of both lesbianism and the performer herself has dramatically changed.

“By the time California made it legal for her to marry De Rossi, her partner of four years, DeGeneres had become one of those people who transcends common notions about gender or sexuality, much as a Bill Cosby or Tiger Woods seems to rise above common racial prejudices. She’s so damn friendly, cute, funny — dare we say normal? — that the everyday Americans have seamlessly incorporated — and accepted — her sexual orientation as a part of who she is. No questions asked. DeGeneres’s studio audience gave her a standing ovation when she announced her engagement, and a Harris poll this year found that DeGeneres is currently the country’s ‘favorite television star.'”

Speaking of Ellen and Portia’s wedding, new photos were posted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show website this week. Below are just a few of them:

Go here to watch a video clip of the wedding too.

I’m still waiting to see the outtake footage of Ellen teaching Portia to scream at sporting events from her diaphragm, Portia visiting Ellen at her flower shop, and the brides playing Dance Dance Revolution at a video arcade…Wait, I think that’s a different video altogether.

— by Karman Kregloe

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