I was talking with Michael Musto about this and asked to come on the show to talk about it next week when we're back from vacation. He writes about how GLAAD always seems to be pitting gays against one another, in this case diminishing the importance of Ellen DeGeneres in making the point about how Chely Wright's coming out will have impact in the country music world:
Well, now they've decided that in order to praise Chely Wright, the country star who got a renewed burst of fame by coming out, they need to diminish Ellen DeGeneres.
GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios told the New York Times, "When it's one of their own (coming out), I think it forces people to take it a little more seriously. In that way, Chely Wright has the promise of being far more impactful in coming out in red states where people couldn't give two hoots about Ellen DeGeneres."
Oy. Does this guy even realize how HUGE Ellen is in ALL states? She happens to have a hit daytime talk show that's watched by all KINDS of people, plus she's a judge on a tiny little phenomenon called American Idol, for God's sake!