Fans are extremely unhappy with Ellen Degeneres’ coverage of her trip to Africa, accuse her of casual racism and elitism

by Asfa Shakeel

Ellen DeGeneres visited Africa last week with her wife, Portia De Rossi, and posted multiple pictures of her travels on social media. However, not everyone was happy with the typical narrative of Africa Ellen showed in her pictures.

Ellen DeGeneres africa

Image source: Twitter/Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres africa

The photo has come under a lot of fire. (Image source: Twitter/The Ellen Show)

Although she turned 60 in January, Ellen’s birthday celebrations with her wife happened last week during a trip to Africa. DeRossi surprised Ellen during an episode of her show by revealing that she had set up The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund to support endangered species. One of the initiatives of the foundation was the establishment of a home for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Portia also revealed that she and Ellen would actually be traveling to Africa to supervise the work of her Foundation and meet the management of the Dian Fossey Fund.

Ellen DeGeneres africa

Fans criticized Ellen for her coverage of the trip. (Image source: Instagram/Ellen)

Ellen DeGeneres africa

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi visited Africa last week. (Image source: Instagram/Ellen)

Watch Portia De Rossi surprising Ellen DeGeneres here:

DeGeneres and De Rossi flew out last week, and the talk show host kept her social media updated with pictures from her trip. The couple spent time in Rwanda and visited Dr. Tara Stoinski, president of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. They also spent some time with the animals.

Ellen DeGeneres africa

Ellen spent time with the president of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. (Image source: Instagram/Ellen)

Among the many pictures Ellen posted was one of her with a group of African children. She captioned the photo, “Thank you to all the amazing people I met on my trip, who helped make it so special.

Fans and critics immediately started dragging DeGeneres for showing only one aspect of Africa in her trip, and even for engaging in ‘poverty porn’, saying only ignorant tourists engage in such behaviors.

During her trip, Ellen hung out with not just gorillas, but also elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and giraffes during her stay at the Giraffe Manor in Kenya. The couple also went on a safari in Tanzania.

Ellen DeGeneres africa

Critics said Ellen DeGeneres ignorantly showed only poor parts of Africa. (Image source: Instagram/Ellen)

Ellen said on her social media that her trip to Africa was exceptionally meaningful for her. She wrote, “I can’t begin to describe what this experience was like or how much it means to me. I’m so grateful.” She also said, “spending time with these gorillas changed my life.

Alongside a picture of herself and DeRossi, she wrote, “This was a trip I’ve been waiting my whole life to make.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen said she had been waiting a longtime to make this trip. (Image source: Instagram/Ellen)

Ellen DeGeneres africa

She also said that it has been extremely meaningful. (Image source: Instagram/Ellen)

Ellen DeGeneres africa

Ellen hung out with elephants in Kenya. (Image source: Instagram/Ellen)

Ellen DeGeneres africa

She also went on safari in Tanzania. (Image source: Instagram/Ellen)

You can donate to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund here.



Suggest a correction