Yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres announced on her talk show that she will replace Paula Abdul as a judge on American Idol: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/32767434/ns/entertainment-reality_tv/
Newscasters discussing the news on the Today Show this morning speculated that most of the American public would be thrilled with the decision. After all, as an Entertainment Weekly reporter on the show put it, with a chuckle, "Ellen is...America's...lesbian sweetheart."
That a woman who is openly gay will now make her home on two of the most popular and family-friendly television shows is pretty remarkable. Perhaps we are becoming a more accepting society, more understanding of individual differences. Or perhaps it's just that no one can resist Ellen's smooth dance moves.