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Feels: Ellen Uses Humor To Drop A Major Truth Bomb


By Jacqueline Pena

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On Tuesday, Ellen DeGeneres used a rather untraditional method to convey her opinion on President Donald Trump’s travel ban: she created analogies between America’s current social climate and “Finding Dory.”

 

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(Spoiler warning, kind of.)

 

For anyone who is unfamiliar with “Finding Dory,” the movie follows the main character Dory, voiced by DeGeneres, on a quest to find her parents. Swimming all the way from Australia to California, the trip wouldn’t have been possible without the help of her friends. Suffering from short term memory loss, Dory must rely on inconsistent memories and the help of others to accomplish her goal.

 

Ellen makes several pointed references to the movie, the first of which, is pointing out the fact that Dory is technically a refugee. She leaves one country for another, in hope of fulfilling her dream, sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

 

Case in point, when Dory arrives in California, there is a wall diving the ocean from the Marine Life Institute, Dory’s final destination. But as DeGeneres so graciously puts it, “they have to get over the wall, and you won’t believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out.”

 

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Now, like DeGeneres, I will refrain from getting political, but hear me out.

 

No matter what political party you identify with, everyone can (or at least I hope) can agree that every human has basic civil rights, regardless of what country they have citizenship in. The United States was founded upon inalienable rights, the most important (and might I add, the ones that are explicitly stated in the constitution,) are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

Who am I and who are you to tell someone they cannot be happy? Put yourself in the refugees’ shoes for a moment. What if you were back in your home country, visiting family, and then from one day to the next, you find out that you cannot return to America, the places where you work and go to school are now suddenly off limits to you. Why? Because you are a citizen of one of seven countries Trump has targeted.

 

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As of right now, the ban is only temporary, but one factor that has been obvious during Trump’s time as president is things can change anytime.

 

I’m not saying we should pretend everything is fine and dandy. I’m saying that we need a better solution than just banning people from our country based on ethnic backgrounds.

 

I will end with one last quote from DeGeneres, who is the queen of social commentary. “Animals that don’t even need [Dory], animals that don’t have anything in common with her. They help her, even though they’re completely different colors. Because that’s what you do when you see someone in need – you help them.”

 

To see the whole video, click here.

 

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