Ellen DeGeneres Fires Back at Critics Claiming She has a 'Gay Agenda'

by Antoinette Bueno 11:09 AM PST, January 14, 2015
Playing Ellen DeGeneres Fires Back at Critics Claiming She has a 'Gay Agenda'

Ellen DeGeneres is taking a stand against recent allegations that she's pushing a gay agenda on her young viewers.

Taking a break from from the usual jokes, Ellen got serious for a moment during her monologue on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, to address a recent Christian Post article that criticizes the 56-year-old daytime host -- amongst other TV shows and films -- for pushing a gay agenda.

"The indoctrination and propaganda coming from those advocating a gay lifestyle in our country, classrooms and culture are increasing," pastor and author Larry Tomczak wrote in an article titled "Are You Aware of the Avalanche of Gay Programming Assaulting Your Home?."

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"All of us need to take note and take action to guard those we love," he continued before specifically calling out Ellen in the article, alleging that she uses her popular guests to influence young girls.

"'Ellen DeGeneres' celebrates her lesbianism and 'marriage' in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls," he concluded.

Not surprisingly, Ellen responded with a sense of humor.

"First of all, let's just break this down, I'm not 'married,' I'm married. That's all," she said, mimicking quotation marks. "Larry, the only way I'm trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another. That is the message I'm sending out. I don't have an agenda."

Ellen further poked fun at her supposed brainwashing abilities, by addressing the audience while holding a spinning vortex. "I'm not here to brainwash anyone, but, listen to the sound of my voice," she joked. "Attention, youth of the world, I want you to live your lives being exactly who you are. Be true to yourself. The most important thing is to be true to yourself."

Ellen famously came out on the cover of Time magazine in 1997, posing with the headline "Yep, I'm gay." She married Arrested Development actress Portia de Rossi in 2008.

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In December, 22-year-old singer Sam Smith appeared on DeGeneres' show, when he shared his own feelings about coming out when he "was like, four years old."

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