An Open Letter to Ellen Degeneres
Dear Ms. Degeneres,
Can I call you Ellen? Great. So Ellen, I was at the gym today and I saw a CoverGirl commercial. Guess who was in it? You were! But I couldn’t believe my eyes/ears because the very first words out of your mouth were,
Inner beauty is important, but not nearly as important as outer beauty.
I’m disappointed Ellen, I really am. This statement would be horrific coming from any celebrity or role model, but especially you. I expected better. I think of you as someone who promotes unabashedly being who you are, no matter what the world thinks. You were one of the first major celebrities to come out, and for the most part, you’ve upheld that idea of laying it all on the table and ignoring those people who would try to tear you down.
Ellen, YOU. SOLD. OUT. I don’t mind that you wanted to be a CoverGirl model, or do makeup commercials, but couldn’t you have a better tag-line? Something like, “let your inner beauty shine through, wear CoverGirl”? Or just about anything else that doesn’t blatantly say that whatever you put on your face is more important that who you are, or how you feel about yourself.
I love my body whether or not I’m wearing makeup, and what is on the inside does matter more to me than anything you could ever try to sell me. I still love you for everything else that you have done for women and the GLBT community, but please reconsider the message that your commercial sends to women (and men).
PS – Watch the offending commercial: