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Sting-Rhonda? Ellen DeGeneres Jokingly Teases a Transgender Fish Among Finding Dory's Characters

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The animated cast of ocean dwellers in Finding Dory is quite diverse – at least, according to star Ellen DeGeneres.

“There’s a stingray that’s becoming Sting-Rhonda, so there’s a trans-sting in the movie,” DeGeneres joked during an interview with USA Today.

While Rhonda might not actually make an appearance in the upcoming Disney/Pixar film, there may be other LGBT characters – namely, the two women featured in a recent Finding Dory trailer whom fans have speculated are a same-sex couple.

“I don’t know if its true or not or if she just has a bad short haircut, you know?” DeGeneres, who voices Dory, told USA Today. “Who knows if she’s a lesbian.”

In another recent press conference, DeGeneres, 58, said the inclusion of the characters would be a “great thing.”

“I think everything that we see in the media – whether it’s television or film or anything you see – should represent everything that’s happening in the world,” DeGeneres said. “I think everybody that is in the world should be seen and represented.”

Disney/Pixar has not confirmed whether the couple are, in fact, gay, and DeGeneres said she hadn’t been told either.

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Producer Lindsay Collins noted however, that, “Honestly, we basically populate our world the way we see our world, and we don’t ask everybody’s background when we put them in our movie. So if it were a main character, I think we would know the answer to that question. It’s not. It’s part of the world we see, so maybe.”

Added DeGeneres: “I think if you see the movie several times – which I recommend you see it four or five times – there are some gay fish in the background that you’ll notice. A lot of them look very gay to me, and it’s not obvious until you see it a few times.”

DeGeneres also told USA Today that the Finding Nemo sequel is “more complex and layered” than its predecessor.

“I think adults will be equally – if not more – drawn to this film.”