Ellen DeGeneres has been branded "transphobic" after that Liza Minnelli quip she made during The Oscars.

The openly gay talk show host has been criticised by fans after she joked that Minnelli looked like a drag queen. I maybe speaking out of turn, but I can't see any drag queen opting to wear this... Impersonator, or not.


Ellen said to Liza at the ceremony: "Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I've ever seen", before adding, "Good job, sir."

Needless to say, Twitter was not pleased. One Bruce LaBruce wrote: "I did not appreciate Ellen's mean joke about Liza. I found it transphobic and disrespectful. (sic)"

While Greastzok tweeted: "are we going to address the fact that ellen blatantly called liza minelli a man you'd think she would know better im extremely disappointed. i literally just sat there in disbelief when she said that i was like did she actually just say that (sic)."

I know, it's all wrong; she doesn't look like a man, she just looks like Lady GaGa in 60 years time...


"67-year-old" Liza didn't appear to take offence from the joke and claims the 56-year-old comedian didn't mean "any harm" by it.

She told TMZ: "I think she thought it would be funny, but she never stopped after she said it and said 'my friend Liza Minnelli.' So I think it went a little stray on her. I don't think she meant any harm at all, and she's a wonderful lady."