Ellen breaks silence on anti-gay drive

2012-02-08 12:26

Los Angeles - Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said she was "proud and happy" that retail store JC Penney had stood by her in the face of a conservative anti-gay campaign, and said there was no such thing as a "pro-gay bandwagon".

Breaking her silence on the furor, DeGeneres, one of America's best known gay celebrities, also poked fun at the One Million Moms group who had urged JC Penney to drop her as a spokesperson because she is a lesbian and said they would boycott the store.

"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 told viewers of The Ellen DeGeneres 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.

'Haters are my motivators'

The group, a division of the socially conservative American Family Association, claimed that JC Penney was trying to gain a new target market by "jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon" with its hiring of DeGeneres to revamp their clothing and household brand.

"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 said.

She also noted that the One Million Moms group "only have 40 000 members on their (Facebook) page. So they're rounding up to the nearest million and I get that".

DeGeneres, who has some 9 million followers on Twitter, said she preferred to avoid talking about such matters on her show "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".

DeGeneres made her comments at a taping on Tuesday for the show that will be broadcast on Wednesday.


  • Fred - 2012-02-08 19:39

    More Christian love from the American Family Association. These moral xians need to read their bible - re-reading Leviticus— particularly the bit about no tattoos. It's amusing stuff. I frequently wonder why, among the many rules and proscriptions therein, Christians don't sacrifice oxen or go to the "priest" to be inspected for "white marks". It's all there— right next to the warning regarding the abomination of homosexuality. Hypocrites.

  • Ian - 2012-02-08 20:07

    Oh Fred,Fred,Fred. Just take a course on understanding the Bible and you will find out that the Old Testament is a collection of stories and moral tales, tied up with a few rules relating to Ancient Judaism. Very few modern Christians think it has overly much to do with life today. Sorry.

  • Gail - 2012-02-08 22:08

    Well said Ellen. We could all learn from that sentence "let your haters be your motivators. I am straight but I respect the right of people born different to live an authentic life and not try and conform and live a lie because sooner or later you WILL be found out and the fallout from that is always blamed on the person who tried to conform but couldn't. To the Christians: judging others and discriminating against others is a way bigger sin than homosexuality. I have studied my Bible as well as other literature and if God made me and he gave me a gay son and two straight sons then I will leave it to Him to decide whether I or my gay son whom He made is the bigger sinner. My sons are all loved and special and unique and I thank God for them every day.

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-02-09 07:30

      stunning response Gail, awesome!

  • Moi - 2012-02-09 11:58

    Good for you Ellen!

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