Was the young Ellen DeGeneres a bully? These sources say “yes”
A large sum of people online have been coming forward with horror stories about talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. In fact, the count is over 2,000 at this point and the stories just keep on rolling in.
Celebrities & employees alike have finally spoken up to alert the public about Ellen’s witchy demeanor. Prompted by all this backlash, a workplace harassment investigation was launched in order to expose The Ellen DeGeneres Show for its toxic environment.
Even though Ellen DeGeneres has just recently been revealed as an extraordinarily mean individual (at the age of 62) – that doesn’t mean that her awful attitude manifested not long ago. In fact, sources emphasize that DeGeneres has been a bully since she was young. Here are the stories that claim Ellen has been cruel from the beginning.
It’s evident that Ellen thrives on hitting people in their weak spots. Much of her humor revolves around exposing embarrassing facts about celebrities or needlessly making fun of them where it hurts. As it turns out – Ellen’s cruel jabs aren’t just aimed at the guests on her show.
The latest subject to come forward about Ellen’s mean behavior is Ben Gravolet. Gravolet worked for his mother’s recruitment agency when he was a child – only 11-years-old. At this point, Ellen would have been in her early 20s. Gravolet reports that Ellen would consistently insult him. According to DailyMailTV, he says:
“She would criticize my weight. I would try to do homework in the office, she’d call me stupid, she’d call me fat. She would criticize my clothes. I was just a boy and this was a grown woman who took pleasure in seeing me become visibly upset. I don’t think there’s any excuse for it. I was a defenseless kid. What could I have told her back?”
Bullying hurts even when it doesn’t come from an extremely famous person who holds a lot of power over you. It’s not something that you can just forget about either – bullying can stay with you and create insecurities that are hard to shake. Gravolet continues his accusation sharing:
“It has an effect if somebody in a superior position to you, who’s much older, goes ‘You’re fat. You might want to lose some of that weight chunky boy.’ I was always self-conscious about my weight and it made things worse.”
How did she get so famous?
Of course, someone who has made fun of a young kid shouldn’t be heralded as a wonderful person. If Ellen had been so outwardly mean to others as she had been to this kid – it’s a wonder how she got where she is today. Gravolet reflects on Ellen’s celebrity status, saying:
“As I watched her meteoric rise to fame, people would say how great she was and all I could think was she must be an incredible actor because she was one of the most vile people I’ve ever met in my life.”
Even if Ellen was talented enough to make it big, there’s no way that she could have been awful to everyone she faced when she was young & aspiring. There’s no question that Ellen had to pretend to be nice in order to get where she is today.
That’s why – for the most part – stories that condemn Ellen DeGeneres come from the time after she attained A-list celebrity status. With more power comes more opportunity to lash out because you’ll have enough people backing you that it doesn’t even matter.
The kid-shaming continues
While some celebrities have backed Ellen, others have finally shown their frustration with her. Ashton Kutcher, for example, claims that Ellen bullied his two-year-old son. Kutcher along with his wife Mila Kunis and their two kids are Ellen’s neighbors. As one might guess, Kutcher hasn’t had the best time with Ellen as his neighbor.
When Kutcher came on The Ellen Show, DeGeneres – as usual – made uncomfortable jabs at him. This time she targeted Kutcher’s son saying, “The young boy who never walks is how old?” Recoiling to her judgement Kutcher affirmed, “He walks! He’s two!”
In order to keep the joke going, Ellen turned to the audience saying, “He never puts him down.” Ellen continued to imply that the kid can’t walk insisting, “He’s always on his back!”I’ve seen him five times. I’ve never seen him walk!”
Combatting Ellen’s persistent tirade, Kuther explained to her, “I now have a complex about this, because I have one of those hiking backpack things, so I put him in the hiker to go down to the beach so we can actually go down the beach, otherwise it’s a whole wrangling session with the kid. And then you came out and you were like, ‘Oh, does he walk?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes! He walks!’”
Do you think Ellen is mean? What shocks you most about these stories? Let us know in the comments below.