Christmas may be tomorrow, but over on Twitter, people were NOT feeling the Xmas spirit (though you can watch these 10 streamable movies to help spark the feeling) — at least not for Ellen Pompeo.
It all started when the Grey’s Anatomy (the family of which continues to grow) star posted a response to Variety’s Tweet about an A&E documentary that has changed its name from Generation KKK to Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America. Reportedly covering the resurgence of the group, the network’s aim in doing so was to make sure it was seen as the serious subject matter it is, as opposed to say, oh, a reality show.
The change was said to be in large part due to Ellen’s championing to promote the series as such.
Ellen responded to the group’s changes positivitely, applauding the network for the changes to the show’s title.
There was just one teensy, tiny problem — at least for those that subsequently went crazy on Twitter: her choice of emojis (soon coming to a theatre near you). Using a hands clap and a thumbs up, Ellen made them black: a move that did NOT sit well with many. An uproar quickly ensued, with people accusing the actress of being racist.
Ellen fought back — hard. Her page was soon filled with replies to those angered by her actions, beginning with this one that casually reminded followers that her husband and children just so happen to be black when one user told her to “SHUP UP, WHITE LADY.”
She then reminded them of what they were fighting about (emojis) before opening another can of worms entirely by accusing haters of being reverse-racists. “Ummm I’ve been called a white b*tch and countless other things 5,000 times today, what would you call it?” she said.
This resulted in MANY subsequent wars with users over whether or not the matter of reverse racisim actually exists.
Ellen fired back, saying, “I’m not sure why you think I”m comparing us in any way,” also answering @sydneysaige, who told her to “JUST APOLOGIZE AND LOG OFF stop embarrassing and contradicting yourself.”
In fact, Ellen went to bat for more than three hours over the whole ordeal.
Eventually, she stopped responding directly and peppered her page with Tweets of others defending her and her actions.
At the end of the day, @beccatilley5 seems to sum it up best with the following, however.
Ay yi yi!
Do you think Ellen’s emojis were offensive? Tell us over @BritandCo.
(h/t E!, photos via Mark Davis + Kevin Winter/Getty)