Ellen DeGeneres Opens Up About the Immigration Ban and White House Screening of 'Finding Dory'
Ellen DeGeneres got a little political on her daytime talk show when she touched on President Donald Trump's controversial immigration ban, and Trump's recent White House screening of her Pixar comedy Finding Dory.
"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," DeGeneres recounted. "I don’t get political, but I will say that I am against one of those two things."
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Instead of diving too deep into sensitive political issues, DeGeneres stuck to breaking down the story of Finding Dory, which happens to have a few very timely parallels.
"Finding Dory is about a fish named Dory. Dory lives in Australia and these are her parents, and they live in America. And I don’t know what religion they are, but her dad sounds a little Jewish. It doesn't matter," DeGeneres explained. "Dory arrives in America with her friends Marlin and Nemo. 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."
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"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 have anything in common with her," she continued. "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."
DeGeneres concluded by saying that she hopes everyone who watches Finding Dory takes away these important lessons.
"Tune in next week when I explain women's rights [while] talking about the movie Mr. Wrong," she quipped.
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Catch DeGeneres' meaningful monologue when the episode airs on Tuesday. Check here for local listings.
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