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Ellen DeGeneres Has Something to Say to One Million Moms

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Ellen DeGeneres Talks Prop 8, One Million MomsWhen I heard the news yesterday that Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in California — was declared unconstitutional in court, I cheered. I’m pretty sure I cheered out loud, even though no one was around to hear me.

But my joy was short-lived when I heard that Ellen DeGeneres, who married wife Portia de Rossi a few years back, was being targeted by a group called One Million Moms, who protested her recent appointment as spokesperson for J.C. Penney. Over on my Facebook profile, I wondered what century it is again, and how come we haven’t moved past all this ridiculousness. Apparently, some have not.

But now I’m cheering again (it’s been an up and down week for me), because on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday, Ellen addressed both Proposition 8 and the One Million Moms in a monologue that is so brilliant, I’m including it here in its entirety. I refuse to edit Ellen’s awesomeness.

Here we go, and thank you, Ellen, for being you. If you’d rather watch Ellen do the monologue, skip to the end of this post and watch the video.

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia DeRossi

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi: They're adorable! | AP photo

“There was some good news for marriage equality in California yesterday. If you haven’t been following it, I’ll you catch you up. For a long time, same-sex marriage was not legal. Then, here in California, it was legal for like 25 minutes. Then it was not legal again because of something called Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage. And I’m happy to say that yesterday an appeals court ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional.

“I’m sure the people who oppose it will try to appeal it, but it’s a step in the right direction. So I’m happy.

“However, it leads me to something else I’d like to talk about. You all may know that I’ve recently teamed up with J.C. Penney. I’m very excited about that. Not only because I think they’re a great store, but also because I get a great employee discount. And I could use some new t-shirts.

“I’m happy about it. J.C. Penney is happy about it. But there’s a group called One Million Moms that isn’t happy about it. 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.

“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. I hate to break it to you this way.

“They wanted to get me fired, and I’m proud and happy to say that J.C. Penney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson. Which is great news for me, because I also need some new crew socks. I’m really going to clean up with this discount.

“I mean, if they have a problem with spokespeople, what about the Pillsbury Doughboy? He runs around without any pants on, basically begging for people to poke his belly. What kind of message is that?

“After J.C. Penney didn’t back down, I thought the story would be over. It’s going to go away. Heard about it last week, and it did not go away. The group has posted a message on their Facebook page. We’ll read it together.

“One Million Mom Statement: ‘By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, J.C. 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 J.C. Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.’

“First of all, 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.

“Secondly, they said a majority of J.C. Penney shoppers will be offended and not shop there anymore. I’d like to read just a few comments from the Million Moms Facebook page. This is on their page. And not that there’s anyone counting, but for a group that calls themselves a Million Moms, they only have 40,000 members on their page. So they’re rounding up to the nearest million, and I get that.

“Anyway, here are some comments that people wrote on their Facebook page:

  • ‘Love Ellen and everything she stands for. I’m going to shop there more now!’
  • ‘Guess I have to start shopping at J.C. Penney now.’
  • ‘Way to go J.C. Penney for not giving in to bullies. Stand your ground.’
  • ‘I am a Christian and part of a traditional family, and I support Ellen and now J.C. Penney!!!!’

“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. I also believe in dance.”

Jane Boursaw is the founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Her credits include hundreds of print and online publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, Variety, Moviefone, TV Squad and more. Follow her on Twitter at @reellifejane.

Jane Boursaw has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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22 comments

  1. I need t-shirts and socks for my traditional family (whatever that means) so JCPENNY will continue to get my business. And, I support Ellen and JCPENNY for honoring their decision to do what’s right.

  2. This is fantastic! It’s so encouraging to hear that Ellen has attracted so much support, even on the 960,000-Short-of-a-Million Moms’ facebook page!
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  3. Well, J.C. Penney has finally given me a reason to shop there. Ellen DeGeneres is amazing. She is very brave, but makes it sound like she’s not brave, she’s just–her.
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  4. Thanks for sharing this. I hadn’t seen the whole thing and wanted to. Yay Ellen.
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  5. Alexandra

    Love Ellen! I heard the head of JC Penney defending her this morning on the Early Show.
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  6. Very exciting speech! For me she is iconic comedienne and wonderul personality. Big respect to J.C. Penney! I am glad they stand up for Ellen.

  7. MyKidsEatSquid

    I hadn’t heard about any of this. Interesting. You know, I still remember way back when, didn’t Ellen get her start in TV doing some hilarious commercial with pets in it? I can’t remember all of it, but her sense of humor shined through even then.
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  8. I am a big fan of Ellen DeGeneres, And i love watching all over her beautiful shows. She is the face of Green Robin hood.

  9. Love this line best … “First of all, 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.”
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  10. Thanks for posting this, Jane. I’m always amazed to see the amount of energy people put in to hating others. Sad, but good for Ellen for addressing it.

  11. Thanks for posting about this, Jane. Somehow I missed out on all the hoopla. How ridiculous that anyone would hate Ellen and try to get her fired. Just crazy. Good for her for speaking up and doing such a great job expressing herself. Especially love the Pillsbury Dough Boy mention :)
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  12. I have never felt the urge, or had the reason, to say this before today, but you go, girl.
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  13. How inspiring. I’ll now think of JCPenney in a different — and better — way.
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  14. I love Ellen.
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  15. J.C. Penney was my second job and one of my first full time jobs, so I’ve always had a soft spot for the store. I do buy my jeans there and have found other reasons to shop there since this happened. Kudos for JCP, may you be in business another 100 years! With your progressive attitude toward where we are going as a society, I’m sure you will!

    • You know, it’s interesting because I tend to think of JC Penney as an “older person’s” store (and no, I’m not calling you old, Kerri!). Maybe just because they’ve been around forever. But you’re right – taking a progressive stand by hiring Ellen shows that they’ll probably be around for a while.

  16. I just love Ellen. I’m so glad you posted this for those who didn’t catch it when it aired. I watched it and was so glad that JC Penney stood by her. (Sometimes you just never know with big corporations.)

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