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
Meghan Markle Is Headed Back To The Small Screen…Kinda
Meghan Markle may have left USA’s Suits after seven seasons, but the actress’ likeness will be making it’s way back to a TV very soon. Lifetime has announced that it’s planning a film based on Markle and her soon to be husband, Prince Harry’s whirlwind romance.
The cable network, known for it’s biopics, made the announcement on Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
“And before the wedding of the year takes place between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Lifetime will debut a movie revealing how the stars aligned for this royal romance,” said Lifetime’s head of programming Liz Gateley.
Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story (working title) will trace Prince Harry and Markle’s relationship from the day they met to the overwhelming media attention surrounding their eventual engagement, which was announced in November. It will also touch on their courtship after they were set up by mutual friends and depict Markle’s life as a divorced American actress.
Menhaj Huda, who helmed an episode of E!’s fictional Royal Family series The Royals is on hand to direct. Casting is currently underway.
No official date has been announced, but given Lifetime’s track record, fans should expect the movie to release a few days before the couples May 19 wedding. Back in 2011, Lifetime aired William & Kate: The Movie just days before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married on April 29.
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