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Mom Bloggers Standing With Ellen and JC Penney

By cecilyk |

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about the drama surrounding retailer JC Penney hiring Ellen Degeneres as their spokesperson. The fringe conservative group One Million Moms, a subgroup of the American Family Association, has called for a boycott of the store and demanded that Ellen Degeneres be fired. (Please note: the One Million Moms group is completely and utterly unrelated to the Million Moms Challenge that I’ve written about and participated in.)

In a rare move of solidarity, not only are both Ellen Degeneres and JC Penney acknowledging the controversy, they are also standing strong and rejecting the hate.

So are mom bloggers. Tracey of Sweetney decided to take a stand as well, and has organized a “Shop In” at JC Penney this Sunday. To participate, you just have to shop at JC Penney’s and share a photo of yourself doing so.

If you want some inspiration about why it’s important to support both JC Penney and Ellen Degeneres (and maybe find out where that elusive “Gay Bandwagon” that the One Million Moms references), look no further than some Lesbian mom bloggers. Deb Rox wrote this wrenching post about it:

“We aren’t supposed to talk about this outside of cone of silence, but trying to put handles on the strain of oppression is impossible, the enormity is incomprehensible … So we don’t look at it all at one time, we band together and we keep moving. We are grateful for our gains. For our allies–because that’s where the power truly lies. For the fundamental goodness of people who are working, in their own lifetimes, to keep up with and advance the social acceptance that supports legal change. We are hopeful that America’s intelligence and principles of freedom and justice for all will triumph. We have pride, pride that would make you cry with its flamboyant beauty, compassion and fierce human joy.”

Ellen herself made it clear what she stands for when it comes to values.

“I want to be clear and here are the values that I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for.”

Happily, JC Penney agrees that their values match Ellen’s. The CEO of JC Penney stated:

“We stand squarely behind Ellen as our spokesperson and that’s a great thing, because she shares the same values that we do in our company,” Johnson said on CBS This Morning. “Our company was founded 110 years ago on The Golden Rule, which is about treating people fair and square, just like you would like to be treated yourself. And we think Ellen represents the values of our company and the values that we share.”

I know what I’m doing Sunday. How about you?

Cecily blogs at and loves geeking out about social media here at MomCrunch. Follow her on Twitter as @CecilyK if you want even more snark and fun, or at

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14 thoughts on “Mom Bloggers Standing With Ellen and JC Penney

  1. Magda Pecsenye says:

    I’ll be there on Sunday, with my ex-husband, shopping for our kids. Family-friendly for all families.

  2. baltimoregal says:

    Nicely done, Tracey!

  3. Melinda@LookWhatMomFoundandDadtoo! says:

    we are there on Sunday!

  4. Lee says:

    Way to go!! This is just one of the MANY reasons why I love Tracey!

  5. Lindsay says:

    The One Million Moms movement is being utterly ridiculous here. Ellen DeGeneres is such an amazing person and JC Penney is right to stand by her. I will be at JC Penney this weekend.

  6. Amethyst Moon says:

    I’ll be there!

  7. Dresden says:

    Taking my entire family shopping at JC Penney this Sunday!
    @DresdenPlaid

  8. Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity says:

    I don’t shop at JC Penney, but as a conservative, I still stand behind them and Ellen DeGenres. I personally think that discrimination of any kind is wrong. Yes, I know, republicans are supposed to be racist homophobes — I’m not. Never was. I’m Christian and even my pastor says being racist and discriminatory is against the Bible. I treat everyone with love, just like I was taught. I wish more of the so-called true conservatives would understand that THAT is what we are supposed to do.

    So there. LOL

  9. Cheekymonkey8 says:

    We will be there this weekend!!!!

  10. sue says:

    We dont have those stores here but if we did you could bet i would be there with my family

  11. deb says:

    there are so many more things million moms need to look at besides JC Penney bullying, child abuse, drug abuse if you want to make a difference there are so many things they can start with! I have yet to see one million mom blogging here in favor of them! where are the you million moms? get real ! find something and someone else! here is one for you m.m. ask why supervised visitaion was done at the home where the Dad killed his boys and then blew up the house start there!

  12. Mary says:

    Good for Ellen becoming a spokesperson. What does it matter if anybody is gay?

  13. Desert Mom says:

    I live in Dubai and we don’t have a JC Penneys, but if we did I’d have spent ALL DAY shopping in it to show my support.

    I love Ellen’s values too and try hard each day to make them my own, so I can be a good example to my 2 boys. Go Ellen!!

  14. Laura says:

    If I can get my Husband of his rump today I will be there. I am so entirely sick and tired of how people treat the Gay community. I happen to love Ellen she is a extremely kind, loving and funny woman and I don’t give a rats ass if she is Gay or straight. Not one Gay or Lesbian person tells anyone hey because I’m different you have to be part of everything I do. They live there lives just like you and I do and have the same struggles ( and then asshole Gay haters have to add more) I think that just like back in the time of slavery we freed the blacks and anyone that was a slave and gave them right, Woman had no rights at one time either. and now we can work outside of the home and do what ever the hell we want to its time to lets gay people alone and let them live there lives in peace let them marry each other. You can’t help who you fall in love with rather your gay or straight. I mean really people how would you feel if and entire community told you you couldn’t be with the person you love or you couldn’t do something strictly because of your sexuality this country / world needs to get the hell over and quit bullying people. After all this is suppose to be a free country

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