When Ellen Degeneres shared a video message with Australia last week giving us a gentle nudge to care for our “beautiful, great, wonderful” Great Barrier Reef, for the most part, we were all pretty chuffed.
But then a few things happened she probably wasn’t expecting:
1. She was bombarded on social media by our Environment Minister Greg Hunt who sent her no fewer than five tweets, informing her he was doing already doing a lot for the reef (*cough* approving the world’s largest coal port right next to it *cough*) and inviting her to come for a visit.
2. She was also accused of just trying to “sell a film” and told she’d “missed the mark” by fellow talk show host Karl Stefanovic.
c) She was then labelled a lecturing Hollywood star trying to “bring up their own stocks by acting like they’re great virtuous activists to sell a film”, by right-wing columnist Miranda Divine.
It just so happens the Great Barrier Reef is home to Ellen’s favourite fish, Dory the blue tang, along with countless other colourful species, which she pointed out in her video.
“I didn’t know it was a controversy but that’s exciting that people are talking about it,” Ellen told the Herald Sun, surprised to hear people were apparently concerned about it.
“But that’s a good thing, right?” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with trying to protect the reef.”
Karl hit out at Ellen on the Today show yesterday (post continues after video):