Here’s What Colorlines Readers Said About This Tone-Deaf ‘Ellen’ Sketch

By Sameer Rao Oct 15, 2015

When the "Ellen" show (aka that daytime talk show that’s obsessed with talented black children) decided to lampoon the news of a forthcoming ABC show based on Nicki Minaj’s childhood with a parody sketch in which a whole black family—including a girl and dog—has cartoonishly large butts, we couldn’t believe our eyes. 



The thought that this show—"Ellen," the middle-of-the-road arbiter of tame comedy and sensible liberal taste—would sexualize a black girl in a sketch was ridiculous. So we took to social media two days ago to ask what readers thought. Surprise: In general, you were just as shocked as we were.



Some responded with a bit of sympathy:



Others noted Ellen’s history of using black guests and humor around black stereotypes to further her image:



Some asked poignant questions about the depiction of black women and girls in media:



And a few noted the way racist "liberal" themes in mainstream media exploit and distort black bodies:


But most thought it was disgusting and racist:



Thanks to everybody who responded. Check out the full range of response on our Twitter page, as well as a corresponding conversation on Facebook below:


Yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres aired a skit about an upcoming sitcom around Nicki Minaj’s childhood. It featured a little…

Posted by Colorlines on Tuesday, October 13, 2015