- A resurfaced 2012 interview between Taylor Swift and Ellen DeGeneres went viral on TikTok.
- Online fans have criticized DeGeneres for creating a segment speculating about Swift’s dating life.
- Emily Ratajkowski spoke out against DeGeneres in the comments section of a viral TikTok on Friday.
Emily Ratajkowski called out Ellen DeGeneres in a TikTok comment for her treatment of Taylor Swift during an October 2012 interview.
On Friday, TikTok user thatnostalgicgirl uploaded a video about Taylor Swift, which racked up more than 2.2 million views as of Sunday. The TikTok first showed a clip of Swift discussing her experiences with others “scaling back” their careers and work in a 2019 Apple Music interview.
“When I was 23 and people kind of reduced me to making slideshows of my dating life and putting people I once sat next to at a party,” Swift said.
She added, “It’s a way of taking a woman who’s doing her job and being successful, doing her job and making things, and it’s kind of figuring out how to completely minimize that ability.”
The TikTok showed a second clip of Swift during a 2012 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In the clip, DeGeneres openly speculates about Swift’s dating life by sharing a series of photos of the singer alongside various famous men. DeGeneres then asked Swift to ring a bell if she arranged to meet any of them, who were pictured on a nearby screen.
“I don’t think I’m going to do that,” Swift said as DeGeneres presented her with the bell.
“Yes, you will,” DeGeneres replied before continuing with the segment.
When the TikTok video went viral, users in the comments section suggested that DeGeneres’ questions were inappropriate. Ratajkowski was among those who intervened, writing on Friday that the situation was “so fucked up”.
“She’s literally begging her to stop,” Ratajkowski added, referring to a point in the video where Swift, after holding her face in her hands, told DeGeneres multiple times, “Stop that.” Her comment has garnered more than 68,000 likes as of Sunday. Later in the second clip, Swift tells DeGeneres, “It makes me feel so bad about myself.”
Other users echoed Ratajkowski’s sentiments, with one user writing, “She was about to cry.”
“The irony is Ellen opting out of ‘Be Kind,'” wrote another. “That was cruel.”
Representatives for Ratajkowski, Swift and DeGeneres did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
In 2020, DeGeneres and her daytime TV show faced public backlash after reports of a toxic work environment, prompting an internal probe into allegations by employees.
The NBC show officially ended in May 2022, but not before celebrities chimed in on DeGeneres’ show. While some came to DeGeneres’ defense, others shared stories of alleged bad behavior.