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Ellen DeGeneres serves as a true testament as to what a kind person can do

R. Murphy

R. Murphy

R. Murphy

Riley Murphy

Often times we find ourselves comparing what we have to what celebrities have. From striving to have Rihanna’s beauty, to wanting Bill Gates’ wealth, it’s a never ending battle of comparison. Now it’s not a habit you should plan on keeping, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t idolize celebrities that work to do great things and help great people.

There’s a celebrity that goes by many names: the queen of lesbians, the ruler of daytime television, America’s best CoverGirl, I could go on and on but I’ll call her by the name most know her by: Ellen. If you couldn’t tell already, I’m a fan of Ellen Degeneres.

Degeneres is most known for her famous day time hit, The Ellen Show. Every weekday, she brings celebrities and artists such as Chris Hemsworth, Michelle Obama, and Kelly Clarkson on her show to not ‘catch up’ and give us insight on their lives. She also, through her major success, is able to give back to the community and to people who might not be as fortunate.

For instance, in season 16 she partnered with Walmart in order to give students in Brooklyn four-year, full-ride scholarships to college. Not only was this a large amount of money, but she also gave many students the access to a good education that might not have been possible.

Currently she is raising money for her wildlife fund. All proceeds that come from fans buying wildlife fund merchandise, will be going towards building a sanctuary for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

Before Degeneres was able to accomplish all of these amazing things, she first had to go through some struggles. Not only was she fired from her own show after revealing that she was gay, she had to start from square one all over again.

However during this difficult time, she was able to still remain positive. She started doing stand up again and used humor as a source of happiness which is definitely seen in her book “Seriously…I’m Kidding.”

Published in 2011, “Seriously I’m Kidding” is a great read for anyone looking for a good laugh. It’s not a normal celebrity biography where they go on and on about how grateful they are and how hard they worked, even though that is very much true.

Instead, it reads more like a joke book where it’s just laugh after laugh. Even though I was laughing hysterically most of the time, it would’ve been nice to have more content to it. For someone who faced much prejudice for who she is and and a great amount of setbacks, it would’ve been nice to hear her advice and stories.

“Seriously I’m Kidding” most definitely serves as a testament of what a good laugh can do. I would suggest reading it while you’re at the beach, but just be careful because if you start to laugh to yourself people might think you just escaped from the psych ward.

Let me know what you want me to review next! Here is a video from Ellen’s YouTube channel in case you want a sneak peak at how awesome her show is.

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About the writer
Riley Murphy, A&E editor

This is Riley Murphy's second year being the Arts and Entertainment editor on The Voice. Her new found entertainment obsession: watching Queer Eye and Australian baking competitions. She also enjoys playing with her two dogs Max and Ruby.

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Ellen DeGeneres serves as a true testament as to what a kind person can do