Ellen DeGeneres is attempting to do-over her initial statements regarding the Black Lives Matter movement days after fans expressed their disdain for her lack of transparency in her efforts.
The talk show host took to her Instagram account, saying that she was “so sad” and “so angry” over the “people” who are “getting away with murder.” Ellen also addressed those who would not agree with her stance.
“I haven’t spoken directly because I don’t know what to say. I am so sad, and I am so angry, and I know I’m not going to say the right thing. I know there are going to be a lot of people who are going to be in disagreement with what I say. But I have a platform, and I have a voice, and I have always stood for equality.”
Earlier this week, DeGeneres was forced to delete a tweet after followers called her out for the vagueness of her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Twitter users slammed her for using the term” people of color” and demanded that DeGeneres provide details of her contributions to the movement, which lead to her replacing the deleted tweet with a thread showing how she has donated to the cause.
“I support the protestors who are exercising their rights and standing up against the horrible injustices that Black people in America face everyday.#BlackLivesMatter” she wrote in the new tweet, noticeably saying “black people” as opposed to “people of color.”
Fans haven’t been too pleased with the 62-year-old comic over the past several months since a photo showing her, and former president George W. Bush attending a sporting event began to circulate. Many slammed DeGeneres for her relationship with “war criminals.” In April, DeGeneres again was the subject of controversy when she compared being quarantined inside of her Los Angeles mansion to “being in jail.”
Nevertheless, DeGeneres has vowed to donate to several organizations, including the George Floyd Memorial Fund.
“I am making a donation to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, the @NAACP_LDF, @BlkLivesMatter, and the @ACLU in support of them, and I hope you will join me if you are able. #BlackLivesMatter.”