Yep, She's Mainstream

The marriage war rages, but lesbian TV hosts are all the rage

Sheryl Neilds/ Warner Bros.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

When I heard that Ellen DeGeneres was going to host the Oscars, I thought, They're sure playing it safe. In 2005 and 2006 the Academy went edgy--well, Oscar edgy--with hosts Chris Rock and Jon Stewart. This year they got likable Ellen, Finding Nemo Ellen, good-natured, dancing Ellen ...

And--oh, right--lesbian Ellen. Ya-a-a-wn.

It's remarkable how unremarkable it is that a gay person is hosting the Oscars. True, it's not as if we lack for gay people watching the Oscars, and DeGeneres did host the Emmys in 2001. But the Academy Awards is something else; with the Super Bowl and American Idol,...

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