Ellen Responds To The "Million Moms"

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. I hope you were sitting down. I hate to break it to you this way.

I usually don’t talk about stuff like this on my show but I really want to thank everyone who is supporting me. If you don’t know me very well. If you’re just watching maybe for the first time or you’re just getting to know me. I want to be clear. Here are the values I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you’d want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for. I also believe in dance.

Ellen rocks.

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  • tynk

    I believe I can’t dance, but I still love Ellen. It wasn’t long after she came out that I was able to admit that I was a lesbian. And not long after that I came out.

    Not sure how else to agree with “I love people and do not like bigotry”.

  • ScottS

    Not much of a fan of Ellen’s show, but that’s got less to do with her than the type of show it is (daytime talk). I support her in this, though.

    If you have a problem with the representative a corporation has hired, then don’t use that corporation. There’s no need to make a public spectacle out of your own stupidity and bigotry.

  • Stacy

    That was terrific. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    If you look on the respective Facebook pages for Ellen and One Million Moms, the latter only has about 40,000 “likes” while Ellen has over two million. Not a hard choice for JC Penny.

  • http://outofthegdwaye.wordpress.com/ George W.

    I hated her sitcom, but I enjoy her talk show. I respect Ellen immensely, she has helped so many people change their views on homosexuality.
    Though I hated her sitcom (It totally wasn’t funny), it was groundbreaking by having the first ever openly gay regular character. Her decision to make her homosexuality a non-issue (and her knack for being immensely likable) on her talk show has allowed people who would otherwise have tuned out to become regular viewers and in the process force some of them to question what, exactly, it is that they dislike about homosexuals.

    These kinds of initiatives force corporations to take a de facto stand on the issue- and essentially puts complainants in a lose/lose scenario. Either corporation A will side with the right of someone to be openly gay (and adorable), or corporation B will walk right in and look like the hero when they support her. I don’t think it is bad for corporations to be forced to stand behind issues- especially not when in this case any corporation that has tied itself to Ellen knew exactly who they were signing up with.

  • StevoR

    Ellen rocks. Your Thoughts?

    Yup. Ellen Rocks. Very much rocks.

    Well said.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    I admit that I never really got into her as a comedienne, I don’t think that she ever became that big over here in the UK (or maybe it’s just me that missed her becoming big) but all that is unimportant. Like all LGBT people she should not have to hide who she is, it should be a non issue and I look forward to the day when it is. I fully support her, (even though I can’t dance -lol-).

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    Who can argue with a statement like that? Good show, Ellen.

  • Besomyka

    Oh, I agree. I liked her before she came out in a not-my-favorite comic-but-she’s-pretty-funny-in-her-way sort to of way, but I respected and admired her after she did. I can’t imagine what sort of a risk that was for her.

    Between Macy’s having their policy that people can use whichever dressing room they present as and feel comfortable using, to JCP taking a stand, I need to shop at the mall more often. Never thought I’d say that, but here we are!

    Plus, I was boycotting Home Depot because of a very bad experience with a purchase/delivery so I had been shopping at Lowe’s for all my home upgrade and maintenance needs. Then I read about how they didn’t back down to political pressure to stop sponsoring LGBT endeavors, and that Loews takes the opposite approach.

    I can forgive ineptness, but I can’t support bigotry. Need nails and some lumber? Go to Home Depot.

  • plutosdad

    ah! did they cut it off? I expected after she said she believes in dance, to start dancing. She has an awesome dance, and of course, Craig Fergusuon does it with perfection: