Ellen DeGeneres has a bit of a bone to pick with the “haters” that comprise One Million Moms.
Following the overturning of Proposition 8 (which originally banned gay marriage in California), the daytime talk show host shared her excitement over the ruling and sounded off about the conservative group’s beef with her new JCPenney partnership while she was at it.
“There was some good news for marriage equality in California yesterday,” DeGeneres said. “For a long time, same-sex marriage was not legal. Then, here in California, it was legal for like 25 minutes. Then it was not legal again because of something called Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage. And I’m happy to say that yesterday an appeals court ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional.
“I’m sure the people who oppose it will try to appeal it, but it’s a step in the right direction. So I’m happy.”
“But there’s a group called One Million Moms that isn’t happy about it,” DeGeneres continued. “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.”
Just in case you missed it, One Million Moms issued a statement following the announcement of the DeGeneres/JCPenney campaign, saying, “By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JCPenney 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,” among other things.
And here’s what DeGeneres had to say about it.
“This organization doesn’t think I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay,” DeGeneres continued. “They wanted to get me fired, and I’m proud and happy to say that JCPenney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson. Which is great news for me because I also need some new crew socks. I’m really going to clean up with this discount.
“After JCPenney didn’t back down, I thought the story would be over,” Ellen added. It’s going to go away. Heard about it last week and it did not go away. The group has posted a message on their Facebook page.”
After reading the group’s statement to the audience, DeGeneres said, “First of all, 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.”
“Secondly, they said a majority of JCPenney shoppers will be offended and not shop there anymore. I’d like to read just a few comments from the Million Moms Facebook page. This is on their page. And not that there’s anyone counting, but for a group that calls themselves a Million Moms, they only have 40,000 members on their page. So they’re rounding up to the nearest million and I get that.”