Out comedian and SNL star Kate McKinnon, when presenting Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett Award at the 77th Annual Golden Globes in Hollywood tonight, said, “If I hadn’t seen her on TV, I would have thought ‘I could never be on TV. They don’t let LGBT people be on TV.’ And more than that, I would have gone on thinking that I was an alien and that I maybe didn’t have a right to be here.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Kate McKinnon introduced DeGeneres by reminiscing about all that she has received and learned from the honoree, including her “sense of self.” After McKinnon realized she was gay, she said that DeGeneres coming out gave her a “shot” at making it in the entertainment industry. “The only thing that made it less scary was seeing Ellen on TV,” McKinnon said. “She really risked her entire life and her entire career in order to tell the truth and she suffered greatly for it.”
“Of course attitudes change, but only because brave people like Ellen jump into the fire to make them change and if I hadn’t seen her on TV, I would have thought, ‘I could never be on TV. They don’t let LGBTQ people on TV,'” continued McKinnon. “And more than that I would’ve gone on thinking that I was an alien and that maybe I didn’t even have a right to be here, so thank you Ellen for giving me a shot.”
Watch the moving clip below.
Stop what you’re doing and watch Kate McKinnon honoring Ellen by talking about queer representation in media: pic.twitter.com/pVsznys6uC
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