To hear Tracey Tong tell it, all she did was defend a fellow subway rider in New York City from the verbal assault of another passenger.
Ellen DeGeneres saw it another way: She thinks Tong is a hero and brought her on her daytime talk show to show the viral cell-phone video of Tong standing up for another person and to celebrate her for what she did.
Tracey stood up for what’s right, and I’m standing up for Tracey. https://t.co/CaVrI6XUUd
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 7, 2017
Tong, 23, a 2015 graduate of SUNY Buffalo State College and Queens resident, said she was riding the subway on a Friday night when a female passenger began questioning another female passenger. Tong told DeGeneres the woman, who is not seen in the video, was wearing a head-scarf and carrying a briefcase.
"Why are you in this country? You're not with us," the woman says.
Tong steps in the frame and tells the woman in Spanish: "I think you're being very unjust. We all have to be together, united."
Later she adds: "I'm not telling you to be quiet. I'm asking you to please respect her."
"I saw this video and I needed to bring her here to say thank you," DeGeneres said when the show returned.
She didn't just say thank you: With an assist from show favorite Brielle Milla, she also presented Tong with a check for $10,000.