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Ellen talks about the One Million Moms

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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Ellen Breaks Silence on Furor Over J.C. Penney Gig

by | February 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM | Celebrities, General

Ellen DeGeneres (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


(Reuters) – Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said she was “proud and happy” that retail store J.C. Penney had stood by her in the face of a conservative anti-gay campaign, and said there was no such thing as a “pro-gay bandwagon.”

Breaking her silence on the furor, DeGeneres, one of America’s best known gay celebrities, also poked fun at the One Million Moms group who had urged J.C. Penney to drop her as a spokeswoman because she is a lesbian and said they would boycott the store.

“For those of you are just tuning in for the first time, it’s true. I’m gay. I hope you were sitting down,” DeGeneres told viewers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“They (One Million Moms) wanted to get me fired and I am proud and happy to say that J.C. Penney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson,” she said.

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The group, a division of the socially conservative American Family Association, claimed that J.C. Penney was trying to gain a new target market by “jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon” with its hiring of DeGeneres to revamp their clothing and household brand.

“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,” she said.

She also noted that the One Million Moms group “only have 40,000 members on their (Facebook) page. So they’re rounding up to the nearest million and I get that.”

DeGeneres, who has some 9 million followers on Twitter, said she preferred to avoid talking about such matters on her show “and normally I try not to pay attention to my haters, but this time I’d like to talk about it because my haters are my motivators.”

DeGeneres made her comments at a taping on Tuesday for the show that will be broadcast on Wednesday.

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SarahLizyB
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM
5 moms liked this
I love Ellen. She handles controversy with class.
do11face
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I love ellen. She rocks.

one million moms are a bunch of loons.

liz.1986
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Love Ellen! I'm glad JCPenny's is keeping her!
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fraujones
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Apparently, "One Million Moms" have too much time on their hands. Why can't they focus their efforts on important issues such as world hunger and abuses by unethical corporations? They could do so much good, but instead they spread hate.

jerzeetomato
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

 me too.  She has never made who she is about her sexual preferences, and has brought genuine joy to so many people through her show. 

Quoting liz.1986:

Love Ellen! I'm glad JCPenny's is keeping her!

 

jerzeetomato
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

 I agree.  If they harnessed all that energy into a positive endeavor they could  move mountains, instead of shoveling sh*t.

Quoting fraujones:

Apparently, "One Million Moms" have too much time on their hands. Why can't they focus their efforts on important issues such as world hunger and abuses by unethical corporations? They could do so much good, but instead they spread hate.

 

BL2010
by BL on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Ellen is awesome. They're just jealous. lol

yourpassion
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

can you imagine if they had selected a spokes person who was a minority and gay...eeek! hahaha...i like ellen, have liked her since stand up spotlight on VH1. 

Elyssa414
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:53 PM
Love Ellen!
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etsmom
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I don't care for Ellen, but I don't see how her sexuality has anything to do with her being a spokeswoman for JCP. I like that she said that there is no pro-gay bandwagon.  Too many people seem to think that a person's sexual orientation should dictate who they are as a person.  She is a human being who happens to be gay, not the other way around.

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