Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday told her
Ellen DeGeneres Show audience that she was feeling extra
spirited on Spirit Day.
The 53-year-old DeGeneres joked that
she begrudgingly wore purple to support Spirit Day, the day set aside
to remember troubled gay teens who have been bullied to death.
“Hey listen, if I seem a little extra
spirited today, it's because it's Spirit Day,” DeGeneres said
during her monologue. “Yes, it's a day that was created by the
organization GLAAD to support the gay community. And to show your
support for Spirit Day you're supposed to wear purple. … Here's the
thing: Purple is not my favorite color. And no offense to Spirit Day
people or Prince or anybody, but, I couldn't be more supportive, you
know that. I mean I'm one of America's favorite lesbians on
television. True there are only 3 of us, but still.”
“Can't we have options? I mean isn't
the gay flag a rainbow? This is an organization that encourages
people to be individuals and express themselves – and whatever else
Madonna sings about,” she added.
Lambert, Ricky Martin, Tyra Banks support gay teens on Spirit Day.)