Ellen takes on Prop8 and One Million Moms
AMERICA has some funny ideas about gay people. For some reason, the Christian community has a surprisingly unhealthy interest about which orifice is receiving what. It appears that, if you like someone with the same genitals as you, you are programmed with a completely separate code of values. God forbid. Yes, that was intentional.
And so, with retail giant JC Penney snagging Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson, the lumbering religious decided to kick up a stink because, obviously, buying socks from a gay gives you immediate AIDS and injects you with Disco Stu’s entire iPod playlists.
The biggest complainants are One Million Moms who think that gays, frankly, shouldn’t be allowed to do anything. They’re calling for the retailer “to replace Ellen DeGeneres” on their website, and have launched a campaign against JC Penney for not remaining “neutral in the culture war.” Worse still, their business is going to get hurt because DeGeneres is a lesbian and “most of its customers are traditional families.”
Just imagine! A wealthy celebrity endorsing a product while simultaneously not being representative of the plebians that actually shop there! IS THIS WHAT WE’VE COME TO?
Mercifully, JC Penney, with the help of GLAAD, have stuck by Ellen, with company president Michael Francis referring to DeGeneres as “one of the most fun and vibrant people in entertainment today, with great warmth and a down-to-earth attitude.” Y’know – this is what this person represents and we’ve not really thought too hard about who she’s having it off with.
What with this being something of a political hot potato (catch!), most celebs keep their lips buttoned for fear of losing work. However, Ellen isn’t playing ball and decided instead, to talk about the issue on her show.
She said: “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,” adding that “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 concluded by telling those that believe she doesn’t stand for the things they stand for, that: “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.”
Watch the video here and wonder, just for a second, how exhausting it must be to act as the unofficial spokesperson for America’s decency.