She’s smart, she’s savvy and she is an LGBT icon.
She is Ellen De Generes.
But a real estate agent did not see the funny side of a joke Ellen made on her hit TV show which aired to millions of viewers in February.
Titi (pronounced Tee Tee) Pierce has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros Entertainment Inc, the parent company of the The Ellen Show.
Ms Pierce claims that while traveling to a funeral in Florida earlier this year she began receiving what would become a string of harassing phone calls from people, some who laughed uncontrollably and ridiculed her about her name.
She contends the callers had viewed a segment on Ellen’s show called “What’s Wrong with These Ads … and These Signs?”
In what could be described as an unfortunate coincidence, a picture of one of Ms Pierce’s real estate signs — bearing her name and cellphone number — was shown just after a sign reading “Nipple Convalescent Home”.
While showing the sign with Ms Pierce’s name, DeGeneres paused and said: “Titty Pierce, sounds like she might have spent some time in that nipple home, I don’t know.”
Ms Pierce also wants to “stand up and say this is wrong and this is not how we treat people. We need to be more thoughtful than this,” said her attorney, Stacey Godfrey Evans.
“She’s a real person with real feelings,” he said.
According to the lawsuit, her mother named her Titi, a Nigerian name meaning “flower”, after consulting a Nigerian book of names shared with her by a friend.
While Ms Pierce has demanded the segment never be shown again, it remains freely available on YouTube for all to see.