Ellen DeGeneres fired back on Wednesday at the Anti-gay group ‘One Million Moms,’ who recently called upon J.C. Penny to fire the talk show host as their spokes person because she was in fact, gay.
DeGeneres took the floor at her show to say, “Normally, I try not to pay attention to my haters,” she said. “But this time, I’d like to talk about it because my haters are my motivators.”
“This organization doesn’t think that I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay. For those of you just tuning in for the first time, it’s true. I’m gay. I hope you were sitting down,” the TV host joked.
“So, they wanted to get me fired and I am proud and happy to say that JC Penny stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson. It’s great news for me because I need some new crew socks. I’m really going to clean up with this discount.”
After the retail chain refused to fire DeGeneres last week, “One Million Moms” responded with a statement, “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.”
Ellen responded by saying, “First of all, being gay or pro-gay is not a bandwagon,” DeGeneres explained to her audience. “You don’t get a free ride anywhere, there’s no music and occasionally we will sing ‘We Are Family,’ but that’s about it.”
“For a group that calls themselves ‘One Million Moms,’ they only have 40,000 members on their page. So, they are rounding to the nearest million and I get that.”
“I usually don’t talk about stuff like this on my show. But I really want to thank everyone who is supporting me, and if you don’t know me very well, if you’re just watching for the first time or maybe you are just getting to know me, I want to be clear. Here are the values that I stand for: 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. That’s what I stand for.”
“Oh, also I believe in dance.”
JC Penny has responded to Ellen’s show with a Tweet today which read: “Thank you Ellen for being an awesome role model to so many! RT
@theellenshow Thanks to everyone who has supported me and @jcpenney.”