Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday publicly responded to the anti-gay group “One Million Moms,” which recently called on retailer JC Penney to fire her as their spokesperson because she is gay.
One Million Moms, “a project of the American Family Association” — an organization designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) — said that “DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store,” and called on JC Penney to stay out of the “culture war.”
In her monologue Wednesday, DeGeneres addressed the controversy for the first time, and said, “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.”
“Not that anyone’s counting… for a group that calls themselves ‘One Million Moms,’ they only have 40,000 members on their (Facebook) page,” she added.
JC Penney have been unwavering in their support for DeGeneres, and released a statement this week saying they “stand behind [their] partnership.”
“We share the same fundamental values as Ellen,” noted the company’s President, Michael Francis. “At J. C. Penney, we couldn’t think of a better partner to help us put the fun back into the retail experience.”
In a blog post on a AFA website earlier today, AFA spokesperson Bryan Fisher wrote that JC Penney’s hiring of DeGeneres will lead to more depression, suicide, and breast cancer among women who become lesbians due to the store’s choice of spokesperson.”