'That was 2001. As fate would have it, I came out to my parents the day before 9/11. It was a frightening time for me personally and for our nation. Once again, I turned to Ellen for comfort and light.
Mere weeks later, DeGeneres hosted the Emmys. They had been postponed several times — one of the many events delayed due to “security concerns” during those strange days following the World Trade Center attacks — but Ellen deftly calmed the nerves of a jittery nation with gentle humor. “What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?” she quipped during her opening monologue. It was a hopeful joke about America’s wondrous diversity and opportunity made by a woman who had been treated horribly just a few years earlier.'
Right, defending 'diversity' in America by sh1tting on people half a world away who had nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11 and in fact opposed & had even offered to hand over the one who did. Also it helped to further demonise a people the US war machine was then collectively punishing for the predictable blowback of its own policies. That's the 'comfort and light' you get when you turn to western celebs for wisdom during a time of crisis. This Independent writer still doesn't recognise it for the toxic pro-imperialist BS it is.