Modern Family friends are sharing their fresh disdain for Ellen DeGeneres as they revisit how the hostess has treated Sofia Vergara over the years. In various appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Vergara was teased or outright mocked for her thick accent. Given the recent spate of allegations against DeGeneres, many fans feel these jokes are more mean-spirited than they may have seemed on first viewing.
DeGeneres has interviewed Vergara several times over the last decade, either with the rest of the Modern Family cast or by herself. Vergara played Gloria on the sitcom — a Colombian immigrant with a thick accent. Vergara herself has an accent in real life, making it seem crass to many fans when DeGeneres poked fun at her for it. Now, given the Buzzfeed News report on working conditions at DeGeneres' show, some are revisiting these clips.
Ellen is so racist pic.twitter.com/aW6HlBInwE— kayla ミ☆ (@ruefilms) August 12, 2020
The videos of DeGeneres and Vergara now recirculating on social media show the host telling Vergara that her "English has gotten worse, not better," and at times even questioning whether Vergara really is fluent in English. She tried to make a game out of it at times as well.
Fans noted that in some of these clips, Vergara did not laugh along with DeGeneres right away. They speculated that the actress' feelings might have been genuinely hurt in some cases. Many also pointed to a scene in Modern Family, where Gloria delivers a monologue on being bilingual that resonated with fans in the same scenario.
"Do you know how frustrating it is to have to translate everything in my head before I say it? To have people laugh in my face because I'm struggling to find the words?" Vergara said as Gloria in the scene. "Do you know how smart I am in Spanish?"
So far, neither DeGeneres nor Vergara have responded to the resurfaced clips, though fans are still sharing them online. Here is a look at what social media is saying about the duo's history of interviews and segments.
thinking abt how Ellen treated sofia vergara when she was on her show🤒 that actually made me so upset— fatoumata #BLM (@DarboeFatoumata) August 16, 2020
omg i just remembered!!! i had a dream tonight that i was on ellen and i was sofia vergara, like in that interview and when ellen was like you’ve been on that show for 10 years how do you still have an accent and i (sofia) was like how the fuck have you been on this show for 10— hhhhhhhhhhh ☆ (@neonturtleneck1) August 14, 2020
How does @SofiaVergara stand Ellen all these years making fun of her accent? I think her accent is beautiful. Always been a fan of her.— A. 💜🤷🏻♀️ (@ArianaGHeartsUp) August 16, 2020
Since that video of Ellen and Sofia Vergara is going around remember there was a scene in Modern Family where Gloria literally yells at them that she is so much smarter in Spanish but no one else bothered to learn her language so they don’t get to make fun of her broken English https://t.co/wDK7Id74dC— Sowmz ✿ 🌈 (@dragonfudge) August 15, 2020
this was sofia speaking, not gloria. and still is one of the best scenes in the show pic.twitter.com/oEDGdbGeid— bren (@jadexchampagne) August 13, 2020
@TheEllenShow owes Sofia Vergara an apology. I can’t even finish watching the video of Ellen mocking and making fun of her accent without getting flashbacks from when this used to happen to me. So upsetting— KingNoctis ✨♥️ (@KingNoctisXV) August 16, 2020
Is the internet actually aurprised that Ellen DeGeneres made fun of Sofia Vergara's accent?— YamiDiddz (@DioGomes13) August 15, 2020
It was always obvious that behind her show's forced and made up blind that she was a self-centered white washed presenter that appealed to the lowest common denominator of society...
petition to kick ellen from her own talkshow and let sofia vergara host instead— grace (@wlwsitcom) August 12, 2020