TV host Ellen DeGeneres says she’s “proud and happy” that JC Penney had stood by her in the face of an anti-gay campaign by One Million Moms, the self-described ?conservative, pro-family.
“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 J.C. Penney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson,” she said.
The group, a division of the socially conservative American Family Association, claimed that J.C. 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.
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