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Winning The Carol Burnett Award

Ellen DeGeneres was honored at the Golden Globes with the Carol Burnett Award, acknowledging her impact and her talent over the years. Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon introduced the comedian and talk show host, sharing her own experiences with seeing Ellen onscreen as a young lesbian.

"She risked her entire life & her entire career in order to tell the truth and she suffered greatly for it. Of course, attitudes change, but only because brave people like Ellen jump into the fire ... Thank you, Ellen, for giving me a shot at a good life."

Ellen's Speech

Ellen gave a moving and hilarious speech, making a cheeky joke about "her husband Mark" before opening up about how Carol Burnett influenced her over the years.

"I felt like I knew her. She never let us down. I always felt like she was speaking to me. When she pulled her ear, I felt like she was saying, ‘It’s okay, I’m gay, too.’ "

She closed her speech explaining that there's "no better feeling than someone telling me I made their day with my show" or inspiring people to "laugh or be kind or help someone less fortunate than themselves."

Twitter Is Divided

Twitter hasn't forgotten about the hot water that Ellen found herself in after the controversy with George W. Bush a few months ago, and made their opinions known online.

"The craziest thing about Ellen is everyone in LA pretends she doesn’t have an extremely high turnover rate/isn’t constantly hiring on LinkedIn."

"Ellen Degeneres is a traitor who is a friends with homophobes and war criminals. So inspiring!"

"ellen shut the f*ck up you didn’t go to dakota’s birthday party shut up"

"Laura dern did more for the gays than ellen could ever dream of doing idgaf"

Ellen's Impact

However, more people were focusing on the positive, that no matter what you think of Ellen now, her impact on culture is undeniable. Many members of the LGBTQ community feel a real connection with Ellen and shared their stories on Twitter.

"Ellen coming out was a landmark for LGBTQ visibility. It immediately shifted the discourse forward on equality, and it was especially critical to so many of us queer kids in the closet in the '90s. I will always think of her as a personal hero."

"Kate McKinnon is on point. It seems very strange to think now, but Ellen's coming out was an enormously courageous act, for which she paid a steep price, both personally and professionally. To the extent that our attitudes have now softened, much is due to Ellen's bravery."

"I think Kate McKinnon’s beautiful, perfect intro shows how Ellen’s impact on others can still be very worth celebration, even if we don’t love Ellen herself"

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