Back in February, Ellen DeGeneres did a segment on Ellen called “What’s Wrong with These Ads…And These Signs” about some LOL-worthy pictures of signs that were sent in by viewers. Right after Ellen showed a picture of a place called the Nipple Convalescent Home, she put up a picture of a home’s for sale sign featuring a real estate agent from Georgia named Titi Pierce. Which is funny, because pierced nipples. Truly some boundary-pushing comedy. However, one person wasn’t laughing, and that person was Titi Pierce herself.
Titi doesn’t think that making fun of a name that looks like a service at a questionable body piercing shop is very funny, and she’s decided to sue. The New York Daily News says Titi filed a lawsuit against Ellen last week in Georgia. According to the lawsuit, Titi is a Nigerian name that is pronounced “Tee Tee“, and that no one has ever pronounced it as “Titty.” Well, at least not to her face. Titi says she has been “humiliated” by the segment, and accuses Ellen of “intentionally inflicting emotional distress.”
Titi also claims that she has been bombarded with prank calls from people making fun of her name. Titi claims Ellen displayed her personal phone number during the segment, which has aired twice, and her voicemail box is filling up with “Titty Pierce” jokes because of it. Titi claims she received the first round of prank phone calls while on her way to a loved one’s funeral in Florida. Titi’s lawyer says she wanted to sue Ellen in hopes that it would deter people from “smearing” people on national television in the future.
Titi Pierce wants money, and for Warner Bros. to stop airing the episode and delete the video clip from the internet and social media. Here’s the clip in question. Titi Pierce’s real-estate sign makes an appearance around the 2:47 mark.
The lawsuit doesn’t specify how much money Titi is seeking. But since Ellen is worth approximately ten trillion dollars, I suggest Titi aim for at least a milli. Get them Finding Dory dollars, Titi! But the real crime here is that Titi doesn’t use a sign with her picture on it. As you can see by Titi’s online broker profile, her job may be selling houses, but her expertise is taking a glamour-loaded headshot.
Everything about that picture is 100% pure real estate agent perfection. From the sassy waterfall hair to the double-strand pearls to the confident “Oh, I’ll sell your house, alright” crossed arms. If Titi ends up getting a check from Ellen, I really hope she uses some of the money to buy a couple dozen bus benches and billboards. The people of Georgia need to see that Titi Pierce is much more than just a funny name.
Pic: Coldwell Banker