Ellen DeGeneres is an out and proud woman. And that’s okay by retailer J.C. Penney, who refused to buckle to demands to drop Ellen as its spokesperson.
The ultra-conservative group One Million Moms, which is part of the American Family Association, had begun a campaign to coerce JCP to kowtow to right-wing pressure. Astonishing everyone, J.C. Penney stood strong, explaining that it “stands behind its partnership with Ellen DeGeneres.”
Herndon Graddick, a representative with GLAAD, issued a statement of support as well as a reminder that the battle is far from over:
“This week Americans spoke out in overwhelming support of LGBT people and J.C. Penney’s decision not to fire Ellen simply for who she happens to love. But while Ellen has the nation on her side, in 29 states today, Americans can still be legally fired just for being gay. Our elected officials should use this incident as yet another example of the support for legal protections for all hard working employees.”
Be sure to tell J.C. Penney how proud YOU are that they won’t submit to the neo-con’s intolerance. Write a big Thank You on J.C. Penney’s Facebook page as well as a send them a sweet tweet of gratitude and support. They seemed to have come a long way since pulling their support from Ellen’s sitcom back in 1997… but it’s the 21st century now, and hopefully, J.C. Penney is supporting Ellen for the right reason… as in for the “rights” of men and women to live openly about their sexual orientation without fear of anti-LGBT attacks.
Which reminds me… I left some things in my shopping cart at JCP.com, and I will also show them my support with my consumer dollars.