Ellen DeGeneres has been criticised for posting a “sexist” Happy Birthday message to Katy Perry.
The daytime talk show host tweeted the singer yesterday (October 25) to wish the singer a Happy 33rd Birthday.
“Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It’s time to bring out the big balloons!” DeGeneres wrote in reference to Perry’s ‘Birthday’ track while captioning a picture of her staring open-mouthed at Perry’s breasts, while stood next to her partner Portia De Rossi.
But it created a wave of protests with many pointing out in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, had a man written a similar tweet then they would have been heavily criticised.
Piers Morgan claimed the presenter would be the first to lead the “cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’” in that situation.
Prison Break star Michael Rapaport agreed, posting: “Imagine if Cam Newton or any other Man sent out this tweet & photo.”
“For Ellen’s next trick, she’ll explain to us all how objectifying women is a bad thing,” wrote one user, while another added: “It’s not harassment if Ellen DeGeneres does it.”
Others said it was “not appropriate, regardless of gender”.
But some defended DeGeneres on the grounds that she is good friends with Perry.
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