Ellen DeGeneres Fires Back at ’One Million Moms’
On an episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the comedienne made fun of the anti-gay organization that demanded JC Penney fire the celebrity as its spokeswoman because she is a lesbian, TV NZ reported.
One Million Moms, a division of the conservative American Family Association, said that they would boycott the department store if it did not get rid of DeGeneres. The openly gay talk show host, however, fired back at the organization.
"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 said on her show. "They (One Million Moms) wanted to get me fired and I am proud and happy to say that JC Penney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson," she said.
"Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," the million (or so) moms write on their website. "DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there."
The group also said on their Facebook page the department store was "jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon" by hiring DeGeneres.
"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," DeGeneres responded.