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Ellen Responds to 'One Million Moms' Hate Campaign (Video)

By Danielle Sullivan |

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Ellen gained support from a very unlikely source.

It looks like the ‘One Million Moms’ hate campaign against Ellen DeGeneres has done nothing but strengthen the partnership between JCPenney and the hilarious spokeswoman. The anti-gay campaign began when a group called called for JCPenney to fire Ellen as their spokesperson simply because she’s gay.

It all started when on their website, the group stated: “Funny that JCPenney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of its customers are traditional families. DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JCPenney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.”

DeGeneres spoke out on her show on Wednesday and in typical Ellen fashion, used humor to convey her points, “Normally I try not to pay attention to my haters, but this time I’d like to talk about it ’cause my haters are motivators.” Addressing the group who said that people will be jumping on the “pro-gay bandwagon,” Ellen said, “Being gay or pro-gay isn’t a bandwagon. You don’t get a free ride anywhere. There’s no music … Occasionally we’ll sing ‘We Are Family,’ but that’s about it.”

She thanked JCPenney for standing up for her and all the viewers who sent messages of support, even very unlikely characters including (believe it or not) Bill O’Reilly. On his show he defended Ellen, calling it a witch hunt and said, “What is the difference between the McCarthy era of the ’50s and the Million Moms saying, ‘Hey, JCPenney and all you other stores, don’t you hire any gay people. Don’t you dare.’ What is the difference?”

Ellen ended her monologue like she always does but prefaced this dance with her stand on family values: “I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people they way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.”

“Oh — also I believe in dance.”

See the video here:


Image: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

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13 thoughts on “Ellen Responds to 'One Million Moms' Hate Campaign (Video)

  1. Susie says:

    I have never stepped foot in a JCPenney – but, I am going to find one now, and start shopping.

  2. Just sayin' says:

    Just because there are people who do NOT condone a homosexual lifestye does NOT make them “haters”. It doesn’t make them wrong. It’s their belief…and they are entitled to it.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I have always liked Ellen, and stood neutral on my opinion of JCPenney’s. However now, I will go out of my way to shop there. Right on JCPenneys!!

  4. anon says:

    @just sayin’, they are haters because they are attacking a company that is supporting someone who is gay. And what gives people the right to “condone” activities of an individual that is not causing any harm to other people. in some minds the gay lifestyle is viewed as immoral and wrong, but how does it affect anyone other than the individual? I would not call myself pro-gay, i have issues with it being that i am christian but i don’t see why people must judge another person. my focus is on myself and doing what is right for me and those around me. JC Penny hiring Ellen as a spokesperson does not hurt me or frankly anyone else so i don’t have a problem with that.

  5. Pikachu says:

    Yes, it does make them wrong. Some beliefs are wrong. Like the belief that homosexuals don’t deserve the same exact rights as heterosexuals is wrong. Regardless of why they hold those beliefs (religious reasons, insanity, straight up homophobia) they are still wrong. Wrong.

  6. Alexis says:

    Hey “JustSayin’”: they’re entitled to believe that homosexuality is wrong, but they are not entitled to push their agenda on others.

  7. bunnytwenty says:

    “Just because there are people who do NOT condone a homosexual lifestye does NOT make them “haters”. It doesn’t make them wrong. It’s their belief…and they are entitled to it.”
    Condemning someone else’s sexual preference DOES make you hateful, and it’s bizarre to me that you would claim that it doesn’t. If you’re going to be a jerk, just own it – you really don’t make yourself look any better by claiming that your views are anything but bigoted. I mean, really, who do you think you’re fooling?

  8. Michelle says:

    It ain’t hate. It’s about PREFERENCE. I PREFER to not patronize a store that elevates a lifestyle not congruent to my values.

  9. Hmm says:

    Interesting how it’s ok to pick on Just Sayin, yet Just Saying apparently isn’t allowed to have a say. Bunnytwenty there was no need for personal attacks.

  10. bunnytwenty says:

    Calling someone who says bigoted things a bigot is not a “personal attack.” Unless you regard calling homosexuality wrong a personal attack – gay people do read this, y’know. Maintain a single standard, that’s what I say!

  11. Pikachu says:

    Calling a bigot a bigot isn’t a personal attack. If you don’t believe that some people/human beings don’t deserve the same rights as others based on their sexuality then that makes you a bigot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bigot for god or for other equally ridiculous reasons, a bigot you are and that’s what you should be called. If you don’t like being called a bigot because you are a bigot, then don’t be a bigot.

  12. john renn says:

    Do you think the debut of Charlie Sheens’ Cologne; “Charlie”..,is timely?


    Is Paris Hiltons’ New Fragrance cause for “Wild Abandon!”

  13. heather says:

    go ellen!

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