Ellen's Ethical Corner
by Gloria Mah
Ellen rose to fame when she was named “Funniest Person in America” and appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Ellen's positive attitude today was due greatly to the death of her former partner. In the midst of the Gay and Lesbian rights movement, Ellen steps into the storm in 1997 when she came out, announcing her sexuality. She didn’t want to live her life as a lie anymore. The death of Matthew Shepard (a gay college student who was beaten to death) affected Ellen personally and emotionally. She went to Washington D.C. to lend her public presence to something that counted and mattered to her. She gave a speech saying, “Why am I so devastated by it? Because this is what I was trying to stop, this is exactly why I did what I did” ("Ellen DeGeneres Biography"). These incidents caused Ellen to launch her own daytime talk show, to encourage respect for human dignity and difference by raising awareness and promoting positive change. It was Matthew’s story she wanted to let the world know and to stop the violence towards the LGBT community. Ellen is an animal rights activist. She became a vegan to do her part to end the suffering of animals that were being immorally slaughtered. Ellen supports a variety of causes, like disaster relief and anti-bullying organizations, ending hunger in the U.S., The Humane Society, Red Cross and The Gentle Barn. Ellen makes everyone happy through her humor and is a role model for us to be kind to one another. When others look to Ellen they see a future of change and acceptance of others.
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Ellen DeGeneres' Journey
by Jennifer Pei
Ellen DeGeneres’s first contact with comedy was during a public speaking event. She was frightened by the crowd and used humor to get through the experience. She was a big hit and received offers to do stand-up comedy. This incident led to a successful career in comedy and the start of her journey.
On April 30th, 1997, DeGeneres took the world by storm when she openly spoke about her sexuality on air, becoming the first gay lead character on a network television sitcom. In 2003, DeGeneres launched her own daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres commented that "I have fun every day. It's the best job I ever had."
Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most positive and influential people to grace the media today. She is a strong, passionate, and powerful woman who has overcome social adversity by working hard to chase her dreams. She uses her societal prominence to help the less fortunate and have a positive impact on society. Ellen DeGeneres is a model spokeswoman for JC Penney. The JC Penney President has indicated that she is “one of the most fun and vibrant people in entertainment today, with great warmth and a down-to-earth attitude.”
Ellen DeGeneres has grown tremendously over the years. She has become a staunch advocate of LGBT rights and has launched the Small Change Campaign with Ben Affleck to benefit Feeding America. She has given out countless of donations from her own pocket to help people in need. Ellen DeGeneres is a wonderful role model and a great influence on society.
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