Ellen DeGeneres stands up for Prop 8 and criticism against JCPenney partnership
by Allyson Koerner
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Recently, Ellen DeGeneres partnered with JCPenney. It seemed most people were happy with the new partnership, except for the group One Million Moms.

The organization says, “many segments of society, especially the entertainment media, are throwing at [their] children.” Well, they aren’t happy that JCPenney and DeGeneres are joining forces and had some strong words for the two.

“Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of its customers are traditional families,” OMM’s website reads.

Today, DeGeneres responded to OMM on her show. Usually, the talk show host tries to ignore negativity from others. However, this time is different, especially with a federal appeals court in California ruling Prop 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, unconstitutional yesterday.

As always, DeGeneres got her point across by cracking jokes and making light of the situation, but her words stand tall and true.

“This organization doesn’t think I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay. They wanted to get me fired, and I’m proud and happy to say that JCPenney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson. Which is great news for me because I also need some new crew socks. I’m really going to clean up with this discount.

“After JCPenney didn’t back down, I thought the story would be over,” she continued. “It’s going to go away. Heard about it last week and it did not go away. The group has posted a message on their Facebook page.”

Part of OMM’s message revealed, “By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JCPenney is attempting to gain a new target market and in the process will lose customers with traditional values that have been faithful to them over all these years.”

DeGeneres disagreed, “First of all, being gay or pro-gay isn’t a bandwagon. You don’t get a free ride anywhere. There’s no music. And occasionally we’ll sing ‘We Are Family’ but that’s about it.”

“Secondly, they said a majority of JCPenney shoppers will be offended and not shop there anymore. I’d like to read just a few comments from the Million Moms Facebook page. This is on their page. And not that there’s anyone counting, but for a group that calls themselves a Million Moms, they only have 40,000 members on their page. So they’re rounding up to the nearest million and I get that.”

The comments DeGeneres referenced were completely in favor of her and the department store working together. Hmm . . . it almost seems as if OMM campaign could backfire and push more people in favor of the new partnership.

DeGeneres doesn’t stand for bullying and said, “My haters are my motivators.” Way to go Ellen!

She ended by saying, “I usually don’t talk about stuff like this on my show, but I really want to thank everyone who is supporting me. Here are the values I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you’d want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for…I also believe in dance.”

To see DeGeneres stand up for herself and everyone who faces bullying and the challenges of equal rights daily, watch the video below.

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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