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10/14/2008

Reitan tries to De-generate some dollars

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 2-187Ellen Degeneres has been quite vocal about her wedding to Portia deRossi. The Emmy-winning host opened the new season of her eponymous talk show with a photo album from her summer nups, and she has repeatedly mentioned the need to oppose Proposition 8 not only on her own daily daytime offering, but also on shows like "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." She's undoubtedly rallied some apathetic or even less-than-gay-friendly voters to the pro-equality side.

However, there is one kind of weird thing about Ellen & Prop 8: It doesn't seem that either she or Portia have donated money to the fight. And while we are not quite comfortable with telling people how they should spend their funds (no matter how deep their pockets), the oversight does seem a tad incongruous considering how much other anti-Prop 8 legwork the highly visible celesbian has done. Which is precisely the point young activist Jacob Reitan (who you may remember from past Soulforce Equality Rides) is making in an open letter posted on Advocate.com:

(*Note: The letter seems to have been removed, with the link now been changed to another story. See update below.)
An Open Letter to Ellen DeGeneres [Advocate]

Eh, just put it on your AmEx, E.D. We all know you have one.

**UPDATE: The Advocate seems to have pulled Reitan's letter, replacing it with a story about the PSA that Ellen has recorded (watch it below). Also, Ellen has now donated funds to get the ad on the air. BRAVA!

**AFTER THE JUMP: Ellen has recorded an anti-Prop 8 PSA. Check it out:

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Your thoughts

I think that asking her to donate is unfair, if every celebrity supporter did as much as her for this cause, the money required would be so much less, she is donating her time and energy, despite already being married, and to me that is far more important.

Posted by: Corvidae | Oct 14, 2008 11:56:32 AM

Yea, Corvidae, I admit I'm a tad uncomfortable with the subject. I GET it -- but it is a little weird.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Oct 14, 2008 12:05:25 PM

I agree with Corvidae. There are more ways to donate than money and Ellen has certainly done her fair share to promote and support this cause.

Posted by: May | Oct 14, 2008 12:23:33 PM

I agree with Corvidae... what she has contributed is worth at least as much as the money she could donate.

Posted by: | Oct 14, 2008 12:48:36 PM

is it possible she donated anonymously? I feel she donated time and energy, and that is worth something.

Posted by: dave | Oct 14, 2008 3:59:46 PM

I don't see any mention of Ellen not giving except for a few references in the comments. Did they change the article since you linked to it?

Posted by: Beau | Oct 17, 2008 3:44:13 AM

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