Remember the angry moms who demanded that Ben & Jerry’s pull their “Schweddy Balls” ice cream from store shelves because it was considered sooo offensive to their little darlings? Well, they’re at it again. This time though, they want our beloved Ellen DeGeneres fired from being the spokesperson for JC Penney because she’s “openly gay”. If you ask me, these moms and their open negativity and hatred are just bad for our mental health.
The group known as OneMillionMoms.com, a division of the American Family Association, is pushing their supporters to speak out against Ellen being named the new spokesmodel for the chain store. In addition, they are demanding that she be replaced by someone who is not a lesbian. On their site, they wrote:
Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families.
The uptight homophobic group went on to say:
Degeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.
Offended, really? Ellen is anything but offensive. She inspires millions of people every single day with her positive, larger-than-life attitude, generosity and enthusiasm. She is someone who just makes people smile, laugh and feel good. And with so many unhappy people in this world (ahem, moms), people could probably use a little more of Ellen in their lives. She’s just good for our mental health.
Luckily, not everyone agrees with these pissed-off moms. Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs and Communications at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation told Radaronline:
While designated hate groups try to start ‘culture wars,’ it’s clear that a vast majority of Americans today support Ellen as well as their LGBT friends and family members. Selecting an out performer who has inspired and entertained millions, is not only a smart business practice, but a reflection of how LGBT Americans today are an integral and valued part of the fabric of our culture.
And JC Penney’s CEO, Ron Johnson, said he thinks DeGeneres is a great role model:
I think Ellen is someone we all trust. She’s lovable, likable, honest and funny, but at her soul, we trust her.
Yep, maybe these one million moms could use a little more of those qualities in their lives.Are they really that unhappy? And what exactly are they teaching their children by being so angry, hateful and judgmental? They are certainly not being good role models and instilling open-hearts and open-minds in their kids.
Moms, life is not yours to control. Wake up and realize that there are gay people in this world–just like there are schweddy balls in this world.