JC Penney has been taking some major flak from conservative family values group One Million Moms for naming talk-show host (and noted lesbian) Ellen DeGeneres as its new spokesperson. The retail chain hasn’t backed down, and today, DeGeneres will use the monologue portion of her show to say that she’s not backing down, either.
DeGeneres normally reserves her show for fun pranks with famous soccer players or push-up competitions with first ladies, but her statement to One Million Moms is a good deal more serious. The group has been calling for JC Penney to let DeGeneres go since last week. This week, on the heels of California repealing Proposition 8 (which banned marriage between two people of the same sex) DeGeneres couldn’t help but speak up. “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.”
So she quoted the haters directly, reading a portion of a Facebook status update on the official One Million Moms page (which, DeGeneres noted, only has about 40,000 likes). The statement says that Ellen “is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.”
Naturally, there are a lot of comments on the post that say just the opposite (one says, “Love Ellen and everything she stands for. I’m going to shop there more now!”), and DeGeneres reads a few to her cheering audience.
“I usually don’t talk about stuff like this on my show, but I really want to thank everyone who is supporting me,” DeGeneres says. “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.”
Watch Ellen explain it all below.