Ellen DeGeneres Explains Her Stance on Trump's Immigration Ban Through Plot of 'Finding Dory'
"Tune in next week, when I explain women’s rights talking about the movie 'Mr. Wrong.'"
Ellen DeGeneres told the story of Finding Dory in order to address her feelings on President Donald Trump's immigration and travel ban — all without actually addressing the ban itself.
During the episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show set to air Tuesday, the host said although she doesn't "get political," she would like to address recent events through her animated film, Finding Dory.
"You are the only people not protesting something right now," she joked with her audience. "If you haven’t heard, this is what happened over the weekend on Friday. The president gave an order banning people from seven countries from entering the United States, including people with green cards. Then on Saturday, the president screened Finding Dory at the White House. I don’t get political, but I will say that I am against one of those two things."
Trump's executive order on immigration, which temporarily puts a stop to the U.S. refugee program and bans entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days, has been under fire since it was signed Friday.
"Like I said, I don’t get political, so I’m not going to talk about the travel ban. I’m just going to talk about the very nonpolitical, family-friendly, People’s Choice award-winning Finding Dory."
She continued, explaining the background of the film and its characters. "Dory arrives in America with her friends Marlin and Nemo, and she ends up at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall. They all have to get over the wall, and you won’t believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out," DeGeneres joked about Trump's planned wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Even though Dory gets into America, she ends up separated from her family, but the other animals help Dory. Animals that don’t even need her. Animals that don’t even have anything in common with her. They help her, even though they’re completely different colors, because that’s what you do when you see someone in need — you help them."
"So that is what I hope everyone who’s watching Finding Dory has learned," the host concluded, then joking about another film she starred in. "Tune in next week when I explain women’s rights talking about the movie, Mr. Wrong."
Watch the segment below.