Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out about the JC Penney/One Million Moms drama on her hit daytime show. Click here for the video.
She started her monologue with, "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,” she said. “This organization doesn’t think I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay. For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, it’s true: I’m gay. I hope you were sitting down. They wanted to get me fired, and I’m proud and happy to say that JC Penney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson."
She then read a Facebook post by One Million Moms, which read, "By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JC Penney 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. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there."
To which Ellen said, “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. I usually don’t talk about stuff like this on my show, but I really want to thank everyone who is supporting me. If you don’t know me very well, if you’re just watching maybe for the first time or you’re just getting to know me, I want to be clear . . . 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."