It’s probably never a good idea for a White person to Photoshop themselves riding the back of a Black person, or to caption the image: “This is how I’m running errands from now on.” Ellen DeGeneres and her staff just learned that lesson after they tweeted to her 61.4 million followers a doctored picture of her riding the back of Jamaican Olympian, Usain Bolt.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016
A lot of folks were disgusted by the image and took to social media to express their disdain.
@TheEllenShow so the first thing that pops in your head when looking at this pic is “oh let me jump onto his back like he’s a common mule”?
— Jon Snow-ratio (@Jhoratio) August 15, 2016
@TheEllenShow This is so gross. Fire whoever did this.
— dai for night (@daibyday) August 15, 2016
— iyonah (@iyonah) August 15, 2016
@TheEllenShow honestly this is offensive.
— Jazz (@JazzleDazzler) August 15, 2016
@TheEllenShow despite its intentions this pic has ugly connotations comin from a rich white lady
— emily (@emilypttrsn) August 16, 2016
But in the end, Ellen tweeted out a statement about herself that a lot of us already know to be true: “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.” And while the comedienne is not a person one would classify as a Donald Trump supporter, the image was, at minimum, ignorant and culturally insensitive. We hope she, at least, recognizes that.
I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 16, 2016
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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