The Ellen DeGeneres debate shows how polarised we have become


Allegations of a toxic workplace environment on the set of Ellen DeGeneres’s show have swirled in recent weeks. While the host denies allegations aimed at her specifically, she issued an apology in a memo to workers saying that she was “disappointed to learn” that a culture of respect was not being adhered to. Distributor Warner Bros also said it would make staffing changes after an internal investigation found “deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management”.

Serious allegations require investigation and that process needs to continue and be thoroughly completed.

There have been suggestions that DeGeneres could walk away from the show, although it looks like she will return to front the latest series of the daytime staple. That is quite significant in 2020, the year that cancel culture has kicked into high gear.

But the whole episode is a perfect illustration of how polarised we have become. The mantra

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