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“Not sure “well, she was nice to us famous people” is the best response to a major production being put under investigation for mistreating, harassing & intimidating workers, as well as accusations of racism. It’s Ellen’s name on the show so stop pretending the buck doesn’t stop with her for the workplace environment she helps to foster. It’s super infantilizing at best to position this as “but the poor rich lady must not have known about the meanies.”

“The implosion of DeGeneres’s previously bulletproof Be Nice image has been a long time coming. News of her horrible treatment of staff, fans, and even random people in restaurants has been one of Hollywood’s most well-discussed open secrets. As Dan Sheehan famously tweeted in 2019, ‘When you move to LA the first two things that happen are you get a parking ticket and someone who once worked for Ellen will tell you a story about how she’s a monster.’ DeGeneres living a different reality from the persona she projects on-screen would be one thing… A lot of that pushback ignores two key facts: One, DeGeneres has so successfully commodified the vague platitude of niceness that it’s made her near-untouchable in Hollywood despite years of conversations about her cruelty, and two, there’s a vast world of difference between having a persona and being the head of a workplace so notoriously difficult to be a part of that people in the business actively discourage one another for applying to work there. Even if the current circumstances didn’t concern her own personal behavior in the slightest — and that’s difficult given that Ellen the person and Ellen the brand are so tightly bound together — the issue of terrorized staff members, racism, and emotional abuse still stand.”

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