Ellen Tweeted a Joke About Katy Perry’s Boobs, And the Internet Has Opinions
Did she go too far?
In honor of the “Roar” singer’s 33rd birthday, the talk show host cheekily captioned the photo, “It’s time to bring out the big balloons!” in reference to Perry’s glorious cleavage and a quote from Perry’s 2013 song “Birthday.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 25, 2017
Page Six describes how some people promptly freaked out, as you might have predicted.
In the wake of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal, of which DeGeneres was an outspoken critic, dedicating part of her show to sharing her thoughts on the “#MeToo” movement, many fans were quick to mention the idea that this tweet wouldn’t fly had a man posted it.
Many began responding to the tweet with the hashtag “#doublestandard.” Others went as far as to compare her to Weinstein and call her a “pig.”
British TV personality Piers Morgan was among those supposedly upset by Ellen’s tweet.
If a man made this joke, Ellen would lead the cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’ https://t.co/lgXNX82Nk8
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 25, 2017
Actor and podcast host Michael Rappaport also chimed in:
If a DUDE said this the World would stop https://t.co/I4rOKmIplI
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) October 25, 2017
Others didn’t take the controversy quite so seriously.
Let those who are not mesmerized by Katy Perry's rack throw the first stone
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 26, 2017
Does this fiasco demonstrate a double standard held over men when it comes to making boob jokes? Perhaps, but if admiring Katy’s cleavage is a crime, then it’s time to send me to the electric chair. I’m just saying.