Why? "This organization doesn't think I should be the spokesperson because I'm gay. For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, it's true. I'm gay," Ellen joked on her show. "I hope you were sitting down. I hate to break it to you this way but anyway."
|Image: JC Penney CEO and Ellen, Source: US Weekly|
Apparently, this One Million Moms had the nerve to post that JC Penney was "jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon" on their Facebook page, and went on to say that "the majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there." Do they seriously think that? I don't think Cover Girl has lost any profits because they had Ellen in some of their commercials, do you?
"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."
They have another campaign, with a template letter written to sponsors of the television show 'Modern Family', about that show when Lily dropped the f-bomb. But, they went even further in their template letter with: "While your company is a household name, I do not agree with your financial backing of this program. The homosexual content is highly offensive and not family-friendly programming."
Here's when I go on my rant, so fasten your seat belt!
What are we teaching our children? To judge others? To put names and stereotypes and group together people, because we're not comfortable with what they are, or who they are, or how they live? Isn't that where the whole "bullying" thing comes in? We teach our children to pick on people who are "different", and that's okay? That's okay?
For a moment in time, I thought we were trying to move away from this behavior as a nation. But, unfortunately, there will always be the ignorant ones who hide behind their masks and make trouble.
One Million Moms, whoever you are, you're wrong! Whoever is participating in your shenanigans is wrong.
Your non-profit establishment may have good reasons to take a strong stance on topics, but we don't teach our children to point fingers and call names! We don't teach our children that people deserve to be singled out because they are "different", or not the "norm"! What in the world IS "normal" anymore?
We're not "protecting" our children because we write to some "responsible party" like JC Penney's and tell them that we won't buy from them because their spokesperson is gay.
WE. JUST. DON'T. DO. THAT.
We don't ask people to fill out "take action" forms, while we sit beneath our disguises and hide from the messes that we are making with our hurtful campaigns. And, we certainly don't use our children as the excuse to be hurtful to other people!
Shame on you, One Million Moms! Maybe you should change the name of your site to "Gay bashing moms", because that's exactly what you just did! You know, to me, it's not pro-gay or anti-gay, it's about equality and, when it all boils down, teaching our children RIGHT. Teaching our children to love one another, no matter what.
Okay, I'm done. :)
I'd love to hear your thoughts!