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?
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