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Watch: Hilarious 88-Year Old Woman Creates Ellen’s Favorite Show Moment

Gladys Hardy of Austin, Texas is a dedicated watcher of “Ellen.” She loves the show. In fact, she loves it so much that she called the show’s hotline to insist that Ellen move the spiked plant situated behind her chair due to its distracting nature when Ellen’s face lined up right in front of it. What a caring and observational viewer, right?

Since Gladys was so gracious with her advice Ellen decided to call her back and ask for more suggestions to help improve the show – and Gladys was only so glad to help! Watch as this endearing woman complains about the local news and tells the hilarious story of the first time she was on television.

We don’t blame you at all for drinking a little bit Gladys – have some fun! We think it’s a shame that traveling is too bothersome for you to come to the show though (those liquid restrictions are instense). We would have loved to see you on air, but thank you for giving us a reason to smile about over the phone!

What did you think of Gladys’s advice and conversation? Let us know your favorite Ellen moments in the comments below!

“Fitch, Please”: Ellen Degeneres’ Hilarious Response Abercrombie’s Sizing Policy

Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 12.00.21 PMAs you may recall from last week’s article on 5 questionable quotes from Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries, there has been considerable controversy surrounding this company. From the graphic advertisements, to child thongs, to shirtless in-store models, A&F seems to have a penchant for the extreme. Recent backlash has targeted Abercrombie’s discriminatory sizing policy: the store doesn’t sell XL or XXL women’s shirts, and women’s pants only go up to a size 10. See the issue here?

Mike Jeffries has been quoted as saying, “We hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that.” “Cool” and “good-looking” apparently mean no larger than a size 10, something we, and Ellen Degeneres, find ridiculous. Hilarious and timely as always, Ellen responded to Abercrombie & Fitch’s sizing policy in a recent episode – take a look!

Beauty is not in your waistline or your bust size or your haircut or any other physical attribute. Too cliché? Whatever. It’s the truth, and that never gets old.

Do you shop at Abercrombie & Fitch? What do you think about their sizing policy, or about any of the other controversies surrounding the company? Let us know!

Can Humour and Laughter Save Your Life?

As we start another new year, it might be a good time to remind ourselves that laughter is the best medicine.  There are many documented stories of how laughing has had the incredible power to heal. Dr. Norman Cousins is perhaps laughter’s most well-known messenger, writing about it in his classic book Anatomy of an Illness.

After being told he had a life threatening illness with little chance of recovery, he created his own healing programme, incorporating large doses of Vitamin C, and daily bouts of laughter, compliments of old Marx Brothers movies. For me as well, I truly believe that my sense of humour (albeit rather off-beat or quirky at times) just might have saved my life. And more than once.

My father Louis, was an enormously gifted storyteller. There was something in his combination of tone, impeccable timing and expression, coupled with his rich sense of detail, that allowed him to re-tell long and involved comedic pieces. He’d immediately capture the attention of those listening and had them laughing hysterically by the end of each one of his stories. Although generally a quiet and gentle man, he had a great sense of humour and really came alive when telling stories. A favourite of his was Myron Cohen, who was a popular storyteller/comedian of the day.

My mother Lil has a great sense of humour, but on her own she isn’t really funny. She’s the kind of listener that my father and I need, because they bring laughter to the equation. I’m sure her success at aging gracefully is due in large part to her ability to laugh and often.

I’d like to believe I’ve inherited some of my father’s storytelling abilities and sense of humour. For me, the juice, the meat of life is in the stories. People remember stories much more vividly than they remember facts. (1) My stories are simply my personal way of looking at life, observing the world around me and seeing both the idiosyncrasies and absurdities, yet the connectedness we share as human beings.

These are the kind of comedians or storytellers I’ve always been drawn to as well.

Those who use humour to expose the human condition, through their incredible use of language. George Carlin is an all-time favorite of mine. A brilliant wordsmith. Chris Rock — I adore him, too. Both observe the world and dare to talk about often taboo topics, like sex, politics, religion and much more. Even Woody Allen movies, at their best, are stories I relate to and always make me laugh.

Somehow, I’ve always seen the humour in the things happening around me and to me. And at times, in my most dire of situations, I’d make others laugh, shifting the mood or breaking the tension. Yes, I can be a serious person, but I don’t stay there too long. Generally, I see something funny in almost everything.

It’s fascinating for me to observe what actually makes other people laugh. I recently saw Ellen DeGeneres speak live at a women’s event and she affirmed that her humour is based on kindness and compassion, not at someone elses expense. This is the kind of humour that appeals to me too. Often my humour is self-deprecating, at my own personal expense, but I’m OK with that if others see the humour and laugh along with me.

My daughter Lani and I share the most incredible and often outrageous bouts of laughter together, sometimes started from some seemingly ridiculous or innocent comment or observation. Often, others have absolutely no idea what we’re laughing about, but they start laughing just because our joy is contagious. One of the innocent results of laughter is that you can spread it quickly. And in a tough economy, it’s free.

Recently I read about Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician in Mumbai, India who started laughter clubs in 1995 because he saw that laughter can act like “a benevolent virus that can infect individuals, communities and nations.” There are over 6,000 laughter clubs in 60 countries around the world now. The premise: small groups of people get together regularly to laugh. Just because. Their goal is thought-free laughter. No setup. No premise. No jokes. The result: pure laughter. As Kataria has said, “When you are playful, you are activating the right side of your brain. The logical brain is a limited brain. The right side is unlimited. You can be anything you want.” He sees laughter as a possible path to world peace. I too am on this path.

Neuroscientists have also shown that it is our right brain hemisphere that plays an essential role in understanding and appreciating humour. (2) Thank goodness for this. In my life, I’d say I’ve rarely met people who have no sense of humour at all and I admit it can be unsettling when I do. Perplexing, to be honest. I wonder what it takes to get through to them? Does anything make them laugh? Since my personal goal is to get at least a small laugh or smile from those I encounter, humourless people mystify me.

Smiling, laughing and humour promote the release of endorphins, which is a very healthy thing indeed. Laughing, like smiling, decreases stress hormones and boosts the immune system. It also has great benefits for the cardiovascular system, as it increases your heart rate, pumping more blood to the internal organs. Laughter can be a natural way to relieve pain. Laughter helps us release tension, much like sneezing or orgasm does. Okay, am I the only one who sees something humorous in this trio?

Laughing, as my daughter and I have found, is a great social activity too. In the same way as storytelling, laughter is more about relationships than about jokes. I’ve heard that people rarely laugh alone, but I admit that I do. Because laughter is a form of non-verbal communication, it can convey empathy.

Children have been reported to laugh up to 400 times a day, yet adults only 15. As with smiling, kids are far ahead of us adults in their expression of joy. Humour is definitely a transformational tool. Through humour and laughter, we can bring about healing, celebration, love and compassion. Humorist Steve Bhaerman (aka Swami Beyondananda) says that God says we are all funny, but we just don’t know it yet.

By laughing at myself, somehow, it has the ability to liberate others. Humour becomes a catalyst. When I was ill, humour was one of the things that helped save my life, over and over again. For sure, it has given me rich stories to share with others. Because people often identify with these stories, I can only hope this brings a little bit of lightness to them or their situation. Perhaps even a bit of hope in a new possibility.

My philosophy, kind of a motto, is “Hope, humour, life.” I’m delighted when people tell me that somehow my humour and stories have brought a smile or laugh to their day. For me, a great sense of humour is a really big turn-on. One of the most attractive things, in fact, that draws me to another person. After all, who would laugh with me otherwise?

A wish for you all – may your new year be filled with humour and laughter!

What stories do you have of how humour and laughter have saved your life?

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References

(1) Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead, 2006. Print. pg. 101

(2) Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead, 2006. Print. pg.189

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Cyber-Bullying Must Be Stopped

Everyone knows what it feels like to be made fun of – belittled, embarrassed, humiliated – but has it been so extreme that you actually contemplated ending your life because the shame was so heavy that suicide was the only option?
 
In September alone, four people were literally, bullied to death. All were believed to be victims of anti-gay bullying are now dead. How many other unknown teens are pushed to the limit, and take their lives?
 
This weekend, friends, family and strangers said good bye to 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi, whose intimate encounter with another man was streamed live on the Internet by his roommate and another student. These two people, who allegedly provided the video content and splattered it on the Internet, probably thought it was funny – it was not. Tyler is dead. The two face legal, moral and consequences, including invasion of privacy and possibly up to five years in prison.
 
With easy, powerful technological advances and the Internet at our fingertips, someone’s life can be destroyed by the click of a mouse. I believe that everyone has the power to be more responsible. We have the power to teach the youngsters in our lives that teasing, taunting and terrorizing others is not acceptable.
 
Please read and share this story of how we can inspire compassion and tolerance. It’s about how two teens utilized the Internet and the Power of Pink to combat bullying…
 
A few years ago, two Canadian students, were moved to action after hearing about the bullying of a freshman at Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia. The victim, a 9th grader, wore a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. According to CBC News, student bullies called the boy a ‘homosexual’ for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up.”
 
When seniors, David Shepherd and Travis Price heard about the news – something clicked… they were moved to make a difference. The two started a “Sea of Pink” campaign and using social networking to spread the word. They went to a discount store and bought 50 pink shirts, and mass emailed their friends urging them to wear them in solidarity the next day.
 
"I just figured enough was enough," said Shepherd.
 
The anti-bullying message created a wave of support. A sea of pink took over the classrooms and hallways. Hundreds – not just 50 – students came out decked in pink: polos, tees and tank tops.
 
The duo who led this sea of change say when the bullies student saw the support, it was a powerful moment. He blushed and smiled.
 
"Definitely it looked like there was a big weight lifted off his shoulders. He went from looking right depressed to being as happy as can be," said Shepherd.
 
As for the bullies – no one has heard a peep from them since.
 
The boys dubbed their campaign “Sea of Pink” support.
 
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres posted a video in response to Clementi’s suicide and the other recent tragedies.
 
"My heart is breaking for their families, their friends and for our society that continues to let this happen," said DeGeneres, (in a not-her-usual) melancholy tone. "These kids needed us. We have an obligation to change this. There are messages everywhere that validate this kind of bullying and taunting and we have to make it stop. We can’t let intolerance and ignorance take another kid’s life."
 
Just like the Internet, your words and actions could spread the good and bad – They hold the power – you choose how to use them. Please use them wisely and take a moment to share this empowering story with a youngster in your life.
 
Imagine how just a bit of activism, however small, could create big changes. Think about what you, your friends and – your children could do to help save someone’s dignity – to save someone’s life. It could be the life of someone you know, of someone you love.