Ellen DeGeneres accused of posting 'poverty porn' on trip to Africa

After spending a week in Rwanda with wife Portia de Rossi for her 60th birthday, Ellen DeGeneres is facing a bit of backlash from fans, who are accusing her of posting so-called "poverty porn."

DeGeneres had been sharing photos from her trip with elephants, gorillas and other wildlife throughout the start of the month, but it was her last photo that showed her standing with 14 African children that has some people angry.

"Thank you to all the amazing people I met on my trip, who helped make it so special," she captioned the sunlit shot.

Fans replied to the photo on Twitter accusing her of "poverty porn," which is essentially the exploitation of impoverished people to gain sympathy or donation money.

"Ellen, the purpose of #VisitRwanda is to encourage tourism and business opportunities. You're not helping by participating in Poverty Porn," one person tweeted. "Africans don't travel to your country to take pictures with your half-a-million homeless people. Please do better. We are no ones charity."

"This is a misfire. White tourist taking a pic with anonymous group of ‘happy but poor African kids’ always is," someone else wrote. "Examine your motivations in taking this pic- be honest. Showing how ‘real’ your experience was? Did kids consent to this being posted? These kids aren’t props."

"And now for the customary picture with 'Poor Black Children,'" an actress said while quoting Ellen's picture.

DeGeneres and de Rossi visited Rwanda to meet with various wildlife conservation foundations after de Rossi famously gifted DeGeneres with the seed money to start a habitat in the Rwanda to save gorillas, a lifelong dream of Ellen's. De Rossi's gesture brought her wife to tears during a viral birthday episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

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