Censor for Ignorance?


(Photo credits: www.ellentv.com)

We know her as the wacky reality TV personality whom often teams up with celebrities to prank the everyday munchkin whilst sometimes layers a double prank on the celebrities themselves. Yes, we are talking about the one and only International stand-up comedian, Ellen Degeneres.

Who can forget the many antics she has pulled alongside known celebrities like Colombian beauty queen actress, Sofia Vergara or the sexy dance king of Step Up and Magic Mike, Channing Tatum. Known not only for its feature of current trends, viral news and celebrity one-on-ones, the show has garnered much more support over the years for its endearing support for those in need and minority groups –aired internationally and on YouTube as short segments.

In this year’s special 2016 Valentines’ day episode, Barack Obama made a guest appearance specifically thanking Ellen for being an admirable figure and pillar of support for the otherwise widely stigmatized LGBTI community in a particular segment of their conversation. He praises her, “as much as we’ve done with laws and ending ‘don’t ask, don't tell’ etc, changing hearts and minds, I don’t think anybody has been more influential than you on that.” –pointing toward the well-known fact that Ellen is one of few celebrities open about their sexuality without being overtly mistaken as a martyr for the LGBTI movement.

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“You being willing to claim who you were suddenly empowers other people. Suddenly, ‘it’s your brother, your uncle, your best friend or even your co-workers’ and then attitudes shift.”

- Barrack Obama

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Unfortunately, this segment of well-wishes was not seen as conventional material allowable for airing in certain nations and was censored, particularly in Asia. As with most stereotypes, the cultural acceptance boils down on the notion that LGBTI influences are pages off a Western cultural book –one that should still in best case scenarios, a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’.

It does make one think as to how the situation will be dealt with in the coming years. Will Asia see more acceptance or will it incline its direction to that of Russia and Uganda on its stand against the LGBTI?

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