Ellen DeGeneres Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Ellen DeGeneres Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Dory voice actor reminds us that to make big changes we must just keep swimming.

The Dory voice actor reminds us that to make big changes we must just keep swimming.

Text: Ian David Monroe

Today, during a ceremony at the White House, President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 21 actors, athletes, musicians, and more. The medal is the highest civilian honor possible, alongside the Congressional Gold Medal.

Among the recipients was comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres, who attended the ceremony with her wife, Portia de Rossi. DeGeneres is well-known as one of daytime television’s greatest talk show hosts, and is also an openly out lesbian. On DeGeneres, Obama said, “"It's easy to forget now when we come so far, where now marriage is equal under the law, just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago."

While in the White House, the comedian took the opportunity to create an epic mannequin challenge, which she posted to her Twitter account shortly after.

The President also awarded Lorne Michaels, creator and producer, of Saturday Night Live. Coincidentally, or not, President-elect Donald Trump has recently called the show "not funny" and "bias." What great timing.

Correction: The title of this story was updated on November 23 to reflect the accurate name of the Presidential Medal awarded.

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