Ellen Degeneres show, and allergies

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 1:58am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I am disappoointed in the exchange I just wathced on the Ellen show. I may have spelled her name wrong. Kelly Clarkson, the Americal Idol singer from the first season, was speaking of her tour with Clay Aiken. Aparrently he has multiple allergies, including shellfish and tree nuts. She was sort of joking about it and being dramatic, but actually stated she had to learn to jab him with this giant needle thing if in case he was ever touched by anyone who was touching nuts. This would have been such a great opportunit to actually expalin it a bit more, and I think Kelly was headed in that direction. However, Ellen saw the moment ofr a punch line, and said, "Who would be going around touching nuts?!?" Duh. Like someone eating them. But they giggled and tittered about the inuendo of it instead.

A moment lost. Maybe I can email her to make a respectful remark another day apologizing for making light of serious and fatal allergies. I do like Ellen and her humor for the most part. I was disappointed. becca

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 2:04am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

If you have a contact e-mail I will comment too.

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 12:58pm
domesticgodess's picture
Joined: 08/26/2003 - 09:00

I see where this would offend anyone but...
Ellen is not Oprah and her show is meant to be light and fluffy. Now,if Oprah had have joked about it I would have been in shock and utter dismay.
Ellen and Oprah are touching the world in 2 different ways. Each very uniquely.I appericiate both.As much as an oppertunity that was lost, it really wasn't b/c how many people would have taken a serious comment/issue seriously comming from Ellen?
I don't think I would b/c I watch Ellen for the comedy to relax and laugh.
Of course that's just my take on it.

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/2004 - 1:29am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Its not like I turned off the show or lost my appetite, but it was a bit more involved than I described. I guess Kelly thinks Clay is a "goober." Why, Ellen asks. Well, like, he is allergic to like, everything. Like what? Like shellfish, mushrooms and nuts that grow on trees. Anyone around him has to learn how to jab him with this giant needle in case someone has been touching nuts touches him, then Ellen launched the joke about nut touching. Kelly was making fun, but then was sort of working to a more serious quick little comment, it seemed to me.
I just think a quick comment, like, " Wow! that is intense, I never knew those allergies could be so dangerous!" would have served better than fluffing the whole thing off with a joke.
I do understand it is a comedy hour and I do enjoy Ellen. I just was diappointed the moment was lost rather than expecting a whole lot of Oprah type drama out of it.
That said, I do believe folks here have tried to get Oprah to address the food allergy issue and got no response. At least it was on Ellen's show. Just bums me out they were making fun of it, like alot of the world does. becca

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/2004 - 3:12am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Hey, wouldn't it be great if Clay could be the spokesman we've been looking for?! I think he is really cute and has a great voice!
Too bad Ellen and Kelly lost the moment. It really bothers me that so often allergies are portrayed as going hand in hand with being "geeky".

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/2004 - 11:12am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I saw this too. I found her fan website and posted. It started a debate but now it seems to be missing. I don't know if it was deleted or what. I went in and reposted under messages to Kelly. Let's see if it stays there this time! Go ahead and add your comments.
I think it would be great if Clay would be a spokesperson.
Here is a link to her fan site.
[This message has been edited by StartingOver (edited September 07, 2004).]

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/2004 - 8:15pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I posted again at her website and my post was removed again. I was respectful but I guess they don't want anything at all negative there. Hmmmm, maybe snail mail will have to do.

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/2004 - 10:39pm
mcmom's picture
Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

Our family are big fans of Clay. My PA 5 year old son used to watch him on American Idol with me, and when I told him Clay had food allergies just like he did, he was very excited to hear it [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] He would be a great spokesperson for FA. He actually already has a *cause* - he has his own foundation set up to promote inclusion of special needs children in programs with their mainstream peers. But he's very active in other causes as well (education and literacy among them).


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