Daytime host Ellen DeGeneres is receiving backlash over a tweet she posted Wednesday that includes a photo of her marveling at Katy Perry’s breasts, along with the message, “Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It’s time to bring out the big balloons!”
You can see the tweet below.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that a number of Twitter users responded by pointing out that the tweet would have received harsh criticism if a man had posted it.
The report also notes that DeGeneres has been among the vocal critics of Harvey Weinstein during his current sexual harassmant scandal.
“Many began responding to the tweet with the hashtag ‘#doublestandard,'” The Post reports. “Others went as far as to compare her to Weinstein and call her a ‘pig.’”
Actor Michael Rapaport expressed his displeasure to DeGeneres, saying “the world would stop” if a man had sent the tweet, the report notes.
The report quotes DeGeneres, in a speech about sexual harassment on her talk show, saying: “This is not a male thing or a female thing, it is not a Hollywood or political thing, this is a human thing and it happens in the workplace, it happens in families, it happens all over the world and we are all the same. We all want the same thing, we want respect, love and kindness. And if I could have those three things and an iPhone X, I’d be happy.”
Here’s the tweet posted by DeGeneres …