Ellen Wins: One Million Moms Group Concedes JCPenney Fight
BY Lucas Grindley
March 08 2012 6:45 PM ET
The group pushing to get Ellen DeGeneres fired from her job as a spokeswoman for JCPenney is giving up, according to an interview with a conservative website.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation sent a celebratory news release today with the headline, "You did it! 'One Million Moms' abandons call for Ellen to be fired."
Monica Cole, director of the One Million Moms organization, which came up with the idea of boycotting JCPenney, tells OneNewsNow that it's time to move on. Still, Cole claims to "have heard back from so many of our members" who say "they will no longer shop there ... as long as Ellen DeGeneres is their spokesperson."
DeGeneres was so offended by a group calling for her firing just for being gay that she actually called out the "haters" on her show. "This time I'd like to talk about it because my haters are my motivators," she said.
Cole ignores the huge outcry of support that DeGeneres received online. Nearly 200,000 people joined an upstart Facebook group called "1 million people who support Ellen for JCPenney," more than four times as many people who "like" One Million Moms.
GLAAD organized a Twitter campaign with the popular hashtag #StandUpForEllen and launched a website with the same name.
"Turns out '1 million' antigay activists just can't compare to the millions more — moms, dads, sons and daughters alike — who agree with JCPenney that no person should be fired simply for being gay," said GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick. "As a result of this failed attempt to oust Ellen, more people than ever are now speaking out against the injustices faced by hardworking LGBT Americans in the workplace."
GLAAD points out the people can still legally be fired for being being gay in 29 states. In 34 states there are no protections for transgender employees.
In the end, JCPenney sided with DeGeneres and debuted her string of new ads during the Academy Awards. Watch all five of them on the following pages.