What’s in a name? Well, for a woman from Georgia called Titi Pierce, the answer is a lawsuit filed against Ellen DeGeneres.
Pierce is a real estate agent in Warner Robins, Ga., and one of her lawn signs was captured in a photograph by a viewer of The Ellen Show, and submitted for a regular segment called, “What’s Wrong with These Signs? Signs.”
Pierce’s sign bears her first and last names, which Gay Star News reports is pronounced “Tee Tee” Pierce, according to the complaint. But that’s not DeGeneres called her.
“Titty Pierce,” deadpanned the host as the audience laughed and applauded. Producers very deliberately placed that gag immediately after a sign for “Nipple Convalescent Home” to maximize the next punchline:
“Sounds like she might have spent time in that nipple home, I don’t know.”
The report notes “Titi” is a Nigerian word meaning “flower.”
Pierce’s lawsuit asks for unspecified damages and to prevent reruns of the segment, according to GSN.
Her attorney claims the Ellen segment sparked “immediate ridicule,” and notes producers failed to conceal her personal phone number on the sign when the segment first aired. As a result, Pierce claims she has received “ridiculing and harassing” phone calls.
Watch the segment from The Ellen Show, below.