When Ellen DeGeneres isn’t having fun with her celebrity guests, a lot of times she has fun with her show’s employees. Most of the time she’s doing something like sending Andy Lassner and Amy Rhodes to a haunted house to watch them be terrified. Andy and Amy seem like outgoing people who are cool with looking silly on camera, so I feel okay with laughing. But the latest employee-related segment Ellen did made me really uncomfortable.
Coachella is going on now, as evidenced by the many celebrities we’ve seen pretending to be hippies. Ellen’s staff member Jacqueline apparently went to the festival and let loose a bit, which was surprising and amusing to Ellen because Jacqueline is very shy and quiet. So obviously she decided to put Jacqueline on the spot and have her describe her Coachella experience in front of a huge audience and a TV camera. When Jacqueline first came out she looked so nervous I thought this had to be a silly bit, but I’m pretty sure it’s for real. Ellen even points out that she looks like she’s doing a character, which A.) isn’t the most comforting thing to say to a nervous person, and B.) seems to prove she’s not doing a character.
I’ve also been a pretty shy person my whole life, and I know from personal experience that more outgoing people often get a kick out of making shy people squirm. They also tend to get a kick out of witnessing or hearing about a normally quiet or reserved person doing something like sitting on people’s shoulders at Coachella. It’s embarrassing to be put on display like that. I never want my concept of Ellen as a kind and wonderful person to be shattered, so I’m going to assume she had the best intentions with this bit and just didn’t realize how it could end up being mean. Ellen hits it out of the park almost every day on her show, so she’s bound to slip up sometimes.