Dern Recounts Homophobic Backlash on "Ellen"
Ten years after she made pop history by kissing Ellen Degeneres on her ABC sitcom, actress Laura Dern appeared on the "Ellen" talk show yesterday to reflect back on the kiss and the heinous backlash caused by religious groups.
Back in 1997, after she came out on the Oprah Winfrey show and in TIME Magazine, Ellen Degeneres decided that her sitcom character should follow suit. Dern, who guest starred as Ellen's lesbian love interest, shared a smooch with the comedian in the 4th season finale, the show's famous "Puppy episode."
The airing of the episode caused a hysterical uproar of the conservative organizations forcing the ABC television network to put a parental advisory notice prior to airing of each of the 5th season episodes. Giving into pressure, ABC ultimately pulled the plug on the show.
Dern explained on Monday that for one year she could not find any work in Hollywood and she found the backlash "awfully terrifying." Degeneres said she was not aware Dern was snubbed by Hollywood and said she was sorry. Dern, however, underlined she was happy to be a part of groundbreaking television.
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