Ellen Degeneres and the LGBT Movement, in general, scored a huge victory, this week, when JCPenney, under the pressure of a national boycott lead by the hate group OneMillionMoms.com, refused to fire their new spokesperson.
This isn’t the first time Ellen Degeneres, the affable and fun-loving television personality and talk show host, has been in hot water because of her sexuality.
Back in 1997, both Ellen and her eponymous character on the television show “Ellen” came out and suffered a minor backlash. Some still speculate that ABC canceled “Ellen” because of the sexuality controversy rather than what the network pointed to as diminished ratings.
But Ellen reemerged in 2003 with the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has done very well in the Nielsen ratings and won 25 Emmy Awards in its first three seasons, alone. It would seem the American public is more than ready to tune-in to a lesbian-hosted show, and you know why?
Because Ellen is the embodiment of the human being so many of us want to be. She’s funny, compassionate, charitable, and loves to dance. What’s not to like?
So, when OneMillionMoms.com released this statement, the backlash didn’t hit Ellen, it hit them:
“Funny that J.C. Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families. The majority of J.C. Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.”
By the way, their website is atrocious. Yes, the content is bigoted and hateful, but I’m talking about the web design itself. It looks like a high school CSS project that really never got off the ground.
But anyway, JCPenney was not going to back down to a fringe group with a hateful message. In a statement to Yahoo! Shine, they said, “”JCPenney stands behind its partnership with Ellen DeGeneres.”
So, that’s that. Justice wins out against the intolerant, and we again see just how much the Gay Rights Movement has helped integrate Mainstream America. And by the way, as a Christian, I think that’s just fabulous. Equality for all and nothing less.
Keep on dancing, Ellen! We love you!