Ellen DeGeneres opened her show this morning with a few minutes of emotional commentary on the murder of Lawrence King.
“A boy has been killed and a number of lives have been ruined,” she said. “And somewhere along the line the killer, Brandon, got the message that it’s so threatening and so awful and so horrific that Larry would want to be his valentine that killing Larry seemed to be the right thing to do. And when the message out there is so horrible, that to be gay, you can get killed for it, we need to change the message [applause]. Larry was not a second-class citizen. I am not a second-class citizen. It is OK if you’re gay…. I would like you to start paying attention to how often being gay is a punch line of a monologue or how often gay jokes are in a movie. That kind of message–laughing at someone because they’re gay is just the beginning. It starts with laughing at someone, and then it’s verbal abuse, and then it’s physical abuse, and then it’s this kid Brandon killing a kid like Larry. We must change our country, and we can do it. We can do it with our behavior, we can do it with the messages we send our children, we can do it with our vote.”
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