In a bid to prove to Ellen DeGeneres that her name is not a subject of jokes, Titi Pierce sued the American comedian with charges that her name was misinterpreted during the demonstration carried out in “What’s Wrong With These Signs?” segment in the show on February 22.
While attending a family funeral in Florida, Titi Pierce, a Warner Robins Realtor, started receiving harassing phone calls from people who ridiculed her name and belittled her over a breast joke. According to Pierce’s claims, her name should be pronounced ‘Tee Tee’, but the talk show host did not of course pronounce it that way on the show.
Based on the 35-year-old woman’s complaint, “In all her 35 years of life, no one has ever referred to Ms Pierce as ‘titty’ until the Defendant did so on February 22, 2016 on national television.”
The show’s particular segment led to “immediate ridicule” as Pierce’s personal mobile number was shown on one of the real estate signs, which was displayed just after a sign reading “Nipple Convalescent Home” appeared, which was of course unrelated to Pierce.
DeGeneres used the situation to make fun at Pierce’s name by saying, “Titty Pierce, sounds like she might have spent some time in that nipple home, I don’t know.” The Georgia woman finally decided to file a legal battle against DeGeneres through a federal lawsuit against Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., parent company of the DeGeneres show, notes Macon. DeGeneres is also in the news for running as Clinton’s vice president. Is that true? Read here!
There were reports from the complainant that she and her husband faced ridicule at their home and even on the streets of their city Warner Robbins. It appears Warner Bros. and DeGeneres defamed her intentionally by inflicting distress and invading her privacy.
Pierce further claimed, according to reports by 13wmaz, that she had tried to reach out to DeGeneres to complain, but her number was blurred in the show’s website. However, the number was visible again later in April.
The word ‘TiTi’ is a Nigerian name, meaning flower. Ms Pierce has strong and positive feelings about her name, according to news.com.au. It should be noted that the DeGeneres show is very much popular in America. Kanye West was invited most recently on the talk show, which became a popular episode.