Ellen DeGeneres Slams Mississippi's "Religious Freedom" Law
The talk-show host called the Magnolia State's recently passed legislation the "definition of discrimination."
Ellen got serious on Thursday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, blasting Mississippi's recently passed "religious freedom" bill as something that was the very "definition of discrimination."
Mixing humor with seriousness, DeGeneres used her opening monologue, video of which was released Wednesday, to pick apart Mississippi state legislation that will not punish individuals, businesses or organizations that refuse to provide services, fire or refuse to employ LGBT people on the basis of religious belief.
DeGeneres, who began the segment by saying that she was "not a political person" argued that the legislation was not about politics but about human rights. A visibly upset DeGeneres continued, saying that "when I see something wrong, I have to talk about it."
"It's the very definition of discrimination. It's also something that the Supreme Court already ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone, everyone," she said, before humorously adding that "they’re supreme. I mean, that’s the best you can get. Like the nacho supreme from Taco Bell.”
Adding a personal dimension to the impact of this law, DeGeneres talked about growing up in Louisiana and visiting Mississippi as a child, before ending with a powerful rally of support for LGBT people living in the South. "If you're in Mississippi or North Carolina or anywhere, and you're saddened by the fact that people are judging you based on who you love, don't lose hope. I was fired for being gay, and I know what it feels like. I lost everything. But look at me now."
Then she quipped: "I could buy that governor's mansion, flip it, and make a $7 million dollar profit."
DeGeneres ended the segment by listing injustices and inequalities in the world and simply asking for "less hate and more love," in the world.
See the full video below.