Ellen DeGeneres is (once again) facing criticism for conducting an ‘awkward’ and ‘rude’ line of questioning on her show. This time, by fans of Justin Bieber.
A clip from a new episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show showed Ellen asking the singer-songwriter about his and Hailey Bieber’s plans to have children.
"How many kids are you going to have and when?", DeGeneres brazenly asked Bieber in the video clip.
"I'm going to have as many as Hailey is wishing to push out," he said calmly. "I’d love to have myself a little tribe. But, yeah, it's her body and whatever she wants to do."
"Does she want a lot?" DeGeneres asked.
"I think she wants to have a few," Bieber responded.
"What are you all waiting for?" she kept pushing. "You know you love kids. You’re so good with kids. What’s the holdup?"
Bieber then before paused to answer the question – perhaps one that should not be asked on national television.
"I think the issue, there's not really an issue, but I think Hailey still has some things she wants to accomplish as a woman," he said. "And I think she just wants to, I think she just is not ready yet, and I think that's okay."
The backlash to this interrogation was swift, with people calling it “seriously uncomfortable” and “cringe”.
“There's more to being married or in a long term relationship than having babies. Stop asking!” one person wrote on Twitter.
“No other talk show host is as rude and invasive as Ellen,” another person said.
Questions about children should not be casually thrown around for multiple reasons: it’s highly personal, for one, and it implies that having children is some kind of be-all end-all for women. And after a similar cringeworthy interview with Mariah Carey earlier this year, you’d think Ellen might have learned her lesson by now...