Sofia Vergara faces backlash for defending Ellen DeGeneres: ‘I was never a victim’

Sofia Vergara recently came to Ellen DeGeneres’ defense after her interview on Ellen Show years ago went viral.

In the clip, DeGeneres is seemingly making fun of the actress’s English skills. Critics of DeGeneres were quick to question why she made fun of Sofia Vergara back then. But the Modern Family alum didn’t seem to mind.

Sofia Vergara shares videos from ‘Ellen Show’

On her Twitter account, Vergara shared a clip of the interview and said that she was never a victim. She also said that the clip features two comedians having fun with each other to entertain.

In a follow-up post, Vergara also shared a video from her 2015 appearance on Ellen Show. In the clip, the actress and DeGeneres are reminiscing about the time when they filmed a Cover Girl commercial.

“They give her the hardest lines too because we have to describe what’s in the CoverGirl makeup and she has such a hard time pronouncing any of the ingredients,” DeGeneres said.

“I think because you are much more famous than me and older than me so they give you a priority and you read the script first and then you’re the one that makes me say those words because there’s no way,” Vergara replied.

The America’s Got Talent judge seemingly shared the clip to show everyone that she also joked with DeGeneres’s age.

Sofia Vergara faces backlash for defending Ellen DeGeneres

Sofia Vergara faces backlash for defending Ellen DeGeneres

Still, a lot of people didn’t side with Sofia Vergara for defending DeGeneres.

“My parents, who have heavy Spanish accents, didn’t have the option to be ‘in on the joke.’ Instead, they were the [expletive] of jokes. And as a child of immigrants, I was always picked on because of that. Your ‘entertainment’ may lead to some to think they have a free pass to ridicule,” Twitter user @arp7088 said.

“I don’t know Sofia, watching that montage of all the times Ellen mocked or made fun of your accent really bothered me. It is not okay to mock how people speak or their accents, even in fun. Once yes you’re in on the joke but continually? Not okay,” Twitter user @tutugroovy said.

Ellen DeGeneres receives support amid criticisms

But some people also praised Vergara for speaking up and defending DeGeneres. They also reminded everyone that the two are close friends, so it’s not unusual for them to tease each other onscreen and offscreen.

“Thank you for speaking up for Ellen and just trying to be decent and fair! You are wonderful!” Twitter user @alex_garbo said.

“They need to leave @TheEllenShow the heck alone. Leave the legend and pioneer alone and get a life,” Twitter user @emagenjam said.

Following the controversy, Sofia Vergara moved on from the issue by retweeting adorable dog videos on Twitter.

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