By signing this petition, you will help make a public statement reminding fellow fans and the film/TV industry that we should respect all individuals, especially those whom we've previously celebrated/awarded for their talents, and not degrade them as they make their way out of the spotlight.
As an avid Liza fan for more than 20 years I've received quite a few questions about how she was treated during Sunday's Oscar's telecast. And I will say this: I think it showed an absolute disrespect for someone who has made tremendous contributions to the arts and is one of the greatest talents of the 20th century.
First off, Ellen's comparing her to an impersonator was degrading. No one would ever say that to Meryl Streep and there was a time when Liza was a bigger star than Meryl is today.
Second, Liza is herself an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy award winner. Not just Judy Garland's daughter. The "please stand up" approach before Over The Rainbow was beyond dismissive to her, Lorna (a terrific performer herself) and Joey.
They should have at least had them up there to introduce the number.
Just like the comments online about how Kim Novak looked when she presented at the show, it's sad how we treat stars as they age. They should be lauded, not made fun of.
Especially Ellen, as a gay person, should have treated Liza better as Liza has been one of the LGBT community's biggest supporters, even during the peak of the AIDS crisis.
I believe Ellen should issue an apology, or at least clarify her intention on The Ellen Show. I also believe that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sceinces should issue a public apology for not treating Liza Minnelli with the respect she deserves (as well as allowing Ellen to tease her on national TV), as someone who has won their coveted Oscar award and made many contributions to the film industry over the last 45 years.
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