Ellen DeGeneres Faces Criticism For Comparing Self-Isolation to ‘Being in Jail’

“It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days and everyone in here is gay,” talk show host said

Ellen DeGeneres is facing criticism over a comment she made on Monday’s episode of the socially-distanced, at-home version of her talk show that compared self-isolation during the global coronavirus pandemic to “being in jail.”

“One thing that I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what it is,” she said in the video, which has since been taken down from YouTube. “It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days and everyone in here is gay.”

“I feel bad for the kids at home, all the college students, all the parents,” DeGeneres continued. “I feel bad for a lot of people. But I think that a lot of people out there need words of encouragement, and that’s what I want to do.”

The commenters have been found by some to be disrespectful and tonedeaf, considering the high rates of prison inmates across the U.S. testing positive for the virus.

“Except that people in jail can’t practice social distancing, don’t have enough water or toilet paper and are going to die at exceptional rates from Covid-19. Except for that, Ellen, your quarantine experience is just like being in jail,” wrote one user.

“‘I feel like I’m in jail,’ says Ellen in this house,” another tweeted next to a picture of DeGeneres’ Los Angeles mansion.

Read more reactions to DeGeneres’ comment below.

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