When you’re a celebrity, there are always going to be negative articles written about you, and while Ellen DeGeneres seldom feels the need to read or respond to them, she felt that a pastor’s allegations about her in an article for the Christian Post certainly required a response.
The column written on Jan. 8 by conservative pastor and author Larry Tomczak takes aim at DeGeneres and her “unnatural,” “immoral” lifestyle, which he believes she promotes with her show.
The funny woman decided to address these claims by Tomczak — whose opposition against the LGBT community is clear — during the latest episode of her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“I don’t usually read anything about myself, but I heard there was an article written about me, and I would like to address it right now,” DeGeneres began. “It’s a pastor who wrote an article for the Christian Post where he accuses Hollywood of having a gay agenda and said that ‘Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her lesbianism and ‘marriage’ in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls.'”
“First of all, I’m not ‘married.’ I’m married. That’s all, that’s all, I’m just married,” she said.
DeGeneres also went on to explain she does not have an agenda other than to try to influence people in a positive way.
“Larry, the only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another,” DeGeneres said. “That is the message that I’m sending out. I don’t have an agenda. I’m not here to brainwash anyone,” she said, before jokingly adding, “But, listen to the sound of my voice. Attention, youth of the world: I want you to live your lives being exactly who you are. Be true to yourself. The most important thing is to be true to yourself. The second most important thing is that you wear Ellen underwear and only Ellen underwear.”