Last week, retail giant J.C. Penney announced a new partnership with America's favorite talk-show host, Ellen DeGeneres.
“We share the same fundamental values as Ellen,” noted the company's President, Michael Francis. “At jcpenney, we couldn't think of a better partner to help us put the fun back into the retail experience.”
Now, however, the anti-gay group "One Million Moms.com, a project of the American Family Association" – an organization designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) – has launched a campaign demanding that the retailer fire Ellen simply because she's gay. According to SPLC, "hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics."
“DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store,” says the group. (via LGBT news site JoeMyGod)
But a majority of Americans disagree. Today, more people than ever celebrate the love of every family – gay or straight – and know that no person should be ridiculed, much less fired, simply for being who they are.
Among her many accolades, Ellen received the People's Choice Award for Favorite Daytime TV Host earlier this month. She has also served as a spokesperson for American Express and Cover Girl, among others. Sites including Joe My God, Think Progress, Lez Get Real and Towleroad broke the news and are also calling on readers to voice support for J.C. Penney.
The American Family Association – an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a “hate group” -- is spreading anti-gay attitudes and bias by asking its supporters to contact J.C. Penney and tell the company to fire Ellen simply because of who she is.
First, add your name to the list of supporters for J.C. Penney's decision below.
Second, call J.C. Penney now to remind America's favorite retailer that hate should not be for sale in America's stores.
J.C. Penney, Customer Service – (972) 431-8200
J.C. Penney, Corporate Headquarters – (972) 431-1000
What to say:
Hi, my name is ____________ and I'm standing with GLAAD to thank you for picking Ellen DeGeneres as your new spokesperson and to remind you that hate is not something that should be for sale in America's stores. I stand with Ellen and think that J.C. Penney made the right choice. Thank you.
As you may know, for the first time in history, the majority of the country feels that gay and lesbian people should be allowed to take care of and provide for the people they love, in marriage. And despite the false claims of OneMillionMoms.com, which is a project of the American Family Association, I, along with my friends and family members, support companies that embrace all their customers.
Thank you for taking a stand and for not backing down to pressure from hate groups. They do not speak for me or my community.