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Baxter Black: Ellen Degeneres Pizza

Baxter Black, DVM
On The Edge of Common Sense

LUNATICS DEMAND ELLEN DEGENERES REMOVE LEATHER FROM CLOTHING LINE! OH, NO!

Care2 gathered more than 1,800 signatures! To the dismay of animal rights activists and vegan martyrs, her "luxury lifestyle" brand of clothing has added a $250 pair of Brazilian shoes.

I would guess Ellen is a pretty tough cookie. She has promoted herself as a vegan and animal rights advocate. Now she's offended them. It's common whenever the extremist's lobbyists get their claws into susceptible, famous prey like Ellen, they cling like kudzu. Some quotes of her predators now heaping shame and disappointment on her: "I'm so saddened…", "…I hope our voices will remind her…", "…it isn't just heart breaking, it's baffling."

Lately Ms. DeGeneres has moved off the end of animal right and vegan activism. She was thrown insults by the parasitic extremists for treating her crew to a pizza party. The pizza was contaminated with cheese! Not a felony in the real world where now less than 2% of the U.S. population claims to be some sort of vegetarian, and the number is declining.

She also became the face of Cover Girl, which tests on animals and is not plant-based. Would they rather test on humans, maybe Syrian refugees pounding at the gates of Europe? Ms. De explained her vegetarian choice because, "I've never seen a happy cow."

She lives in a different world than most of us. She has gone overboard to help causes she believes in, but time goes by and the edge wears smoother. I don't think she hates 98% of Americans because we eat steak, chicken nuggets, BBQ ribs, Ben and Jerry's, pizza and yogurt. It's likely that her television audience is made up of regular people, 98% of whom eat meat and don't protest Cover Girl.

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We live in a real world. In her world it is hard to see us in the audience when the stage lights are bright. She is limited to advisors that she pays. Eventually a performer, politician, or columnist begins to believe that he or she knows more than their fans. The logic is, if they like me, then I really must know what I'm talking about! And their enabling sycophants lead them around by the nose.

Care2 claims 32 million members. They stirred up 1,800 petition signatures and called it a "Massive Back Lash!" Ms. De's television audience when she last hosted the Oscars in 2014 was 44 million. If she'd asked for a show of hands from the 44 million head audience, how many of them liked cheese on their pizza, whataya think?

She has done well as an entertainer. Any entrepreneur who becomes successful the hard way deserves credit and, she may not be as gullible as it seems. Or maybe she's beginning to walk in our shoes for a while? I've seen thousands of contented cows.

I also have a personal reason to tell her to "stand her ground". The first time I was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the show ran long and I was the last act to appear that night. In Johnny's sign-off he apologized for not having the time for another guest waiting in the Green Room, "An up and coming young comedienne, Ellen Degeneres, maybe next week."

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