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One Million Moms registers disapproval over JC Penney Xmas commercial

By Kenny Herzog Dec 6, 2012 9:14AM
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This week's lesson in unexpected cultural protests: If nationally franchised department stores cast anyone but stridently heterosexual celebrity spokespeople, they'll apparently be in serious trouble with some conservative groups. Or at least that's what JC Penney's putting up with yet again, on account of its ongoing relationship with Ellen DeGeneres.
 

 

Shortly after Thanksgiving, the company debuted its latest holiday commercial starring the comedian and talk-show host. And if the harmless 30-second spot could be accused of any transgression, it'd be corny punchlines at the expense of helpless elves. But according to a recent website update (since seemingly removed) from One Million Moms (a group affiliated with conservative media watchdog American Family Association), "JCP has made their choice to offend a huge majority of their customers again," before decreeing, "Christians must now vote with their wallets."


 

There may be a a couple slight problems with this call to arms. Enacting the democratic privilege of petitioning corporations whose actions don't square with your values doesn't come down to a "vote." It's not a popular election. Moreover, if millions of stocking-stuffing matriarchs just say no to JCP, where will they purchase Cosby sweaters for the men in their lives? Worth considering, One Million Moms. Worth considering.

As for Ellen, she's unlikely to respond, given her eloquently eviscerating comments in the wake of OMM's prior upheaval back in February. But in case you, or they, missed it, this about sums the controversy up.

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Dec 6, 2012 11:50AM
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I swear, people nowadays have ZERO tolerance for anything, even though they're supposed to be following a so called tolerant, forgiving god. Just goes to show how pig headed such folk are. I thought the ad was really cute.... Twits. Get a life.
Dec 6, 2012 11:50AM
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I believe that people have a right to be anyway they want to be. Just because they are gay, heterosexual or have a different skin color doesn't make them any less of a person. Jesus loves us all for who we are. I consider myself to be a christian and I don't care what people's backgrounds are or anything. As far as I'm concerned, a lot of people who go to church all the time and claim to be christians are hypocrits. They are self-righteous. You can't tell me that they don't do something in their lives that God would frown upon, and I don't believe that God would frown upon a person because they are gay. My church does not teach that. Remember the song, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world". It doesn't specify, oh I only love these ones. Come on people, try taking some time to look at yourself and what you do, instead of looking at others and trying to find fault with them. Ellen, you are an awesome person! I don't get to watch your show much but when I do I love it! You always make me laugh and that is what life is all about. Love one another and love life.
Dec 6, 2012 11:46AM
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offthedole needs to repen for such hate
Dec 6, 2012 11:45AM
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Wow!  I love Ellen & to have her as a spokes person for anything is a compliment..  I have been watching Ellen with my kids (now 14 & 17) since her sit com many years ago.  We sit down as a family everyday @ 3pm and laugh along with her & her, sometimes brings me to tears because of her generous heart of gold = ).  I always tell my kids to write to her so we can join her on her show = )  Ellen continues to be a positive source of support in our Christian family values. I love having Ellen as apart of our family (even if only by watching her).  Ellen is a positive rolemodel for all children & adults.  Maybe these One Million Mom's should take the time to be more like Ellen.  I love you Ellen & you always make me happy & thankful regardless of whatever circumstances we are facing!  Keep being YOU!
Dec 6, 2012 11:44AM
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I am a true traditional Christian who DOES NOT believe in same sex relationships, but like I said, it's MY BELIEF. No one is going to stop me from shopping where I want. JC Penny, you're awesome for standing up and keeping Ellen as your spokes person, not because she is gay, but because SHE IS A PERSON. I don't stop and won't stop shopping at your store because she is gay. I don't have to answer for her, I only answer for myself. And as she said on her show, treat others as you want to be treated, goes for me. I may not agree with her beliefs but I don't dare judge her, nor will shun her because of it. I eat at Chic-a-flet but not because they are against the gay community, but because I have a right to spend my money where I please, including JC Penny's. One Million Moms need to focus their energy on something that's important like BULLYING, murders, rapes, domestic violence and so forth. Fighting for a store to remove a spokes person because they are gay is ridiculous AND IS A WASTE OF ENERGY. GET A LIFE!!!
Dec 6, 2012 11:43AM
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Ellen doesn't offend me, what does offend me is a bunch of dried up judgmental old bags trying to dictate to everyone else their paper thin "values" . Don't want to shop at Pennys? Then don't, go! No one wants your dessicated boney butts in the way anyway.  shop at Dollar store, Biglots, K or Walmart. Now that's value you old crones could get into.  You know cheap, shabby, shoddy and plastic, just like your droopy boobs. 


Dec 6, 2012 11:43AM
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Really? Well I am offended because you took "Christ" out of Christmas in the Secondary Headline. You can't please everyone. Love the sinner hate the sin!!
Dec 6, 2012 11:43AM
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Before I saw this article, I didn't even know about OMM.  So I went to their website.  It's pretty entertaining.  They have a running list of things to protest and boycott plus they list all of their "successes".  I'm pretty sure there aren't one million moms spending their time perusing this website looking for things to write complaining emails about when they actually have very little time to because, well, they're moms.

They claim to have been responsible for the cancellation of TV shows like Playboy Club and 666 Park Avenue, when in fact, these shows were just stupid.  American TV is, for the most part, stupid.  It's just trying to find those shows less stupid than others.  That's why a good 50% of our TV viewing is on PBS.

Now, if we can just corral and control the wandering hoards of gays and lesbians that spend their every waking moment trying to convert our children, life will be good.

Dec 6, 2012 11:39AM
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The commercial is schmaltzy cute, nothing wrong with that. No matter who objects to what, there are those that will disagree.  We're all allowed that privilege here.  But for OMM to single out Ellen, who is a humanitarian, first class, as well as all her other attributes ... is just not necessary.  If you don't like JCPenney, then don't go there.  I wonder ... if one of those OMMs were on her 12-days of Giveaways, would they take the loot or stick to their principals and give it back?

Dec 6, 2012 11:38AM
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Can't the OMM's find some worth while cause to feel better about themselves. Ellen does so much for so  many people, she care deeply and does something GOOD about it. The OMM is just butting in where not needed. They are also building haters and we have enough of hate in the world. At least Ellen is spreading kindness and love. Her personal life should just be that ....personal.
Dec 6, 2012 11:35AM
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Of course, no mention in this article of how the lgbt community reacted towards Chick-Fil-A a few months back, right. Oh sure... try and sweep that one under the rug.

This article is so double-standard! Who cares if folks vote with their wallets. That's what makes this country so great! We all have opinions as varying as our noses and are free to express them so long as they don't progress toward hatred, violence or crime.       

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I don't get it.. was there something in this AD that was supposed to be offensive?

It sounds like Christians want all companies to ban all gay people so that they can have no jobs and be homeless?  I seriously don't think Jesus would have been ok with that.

Dec 6, 2012 11:34AM
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As far as I can tell the One Million Mom group doesn’t have enough class to even shop at JC Penny.  Who cares what a bunch of WACKO so called Christians have to say anymore.  The Christian faith is full of ignorant ****es that are dying off and what ones don’t die off soon, the rest of the world will get rid of THANK GOD!

 

Ellen, continue to be the wonderful good person you are and I will continue to shop at JC Penny as long as you are the spokesperson!

Dec 6, 2012 11:32AM
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Ellen is love to all,  will pray for you that are not lucky enough to feel the love,laughter Ellen shares. I know Jesus does. I would also be buying my groceries at jcp if available-my favorite store to shop! 
Dec 6, 2012 11:32AM
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What the ___ does her life style choice have to do with a JCP ad?  I am not a supporter of her choice nor am I an opponent of it ... it is HER choice and not something she is flaunting on the commercials.  She is a professional comedian and TV host and that is all that counts when  it comes to JCP wanting to have a recognizable face on their commercials and ads.  They are NOT supporting her life style choice in the commercials, they are trying to sell their products, make a profit, and can stay in business.  There is NOTHING in that process that can even be remotely be linked to supporting the gay and lesbian life style.  So by the standards of One Million Moms if they used Bill Cosby in their commercials they are supporting African Americans or if they used Adam Sandler they would be supporting Judaism? What a pile of crap ... 
Dec 6, 2012 11:29AM
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the GOP needs to grow up and be adults for once and get over pushing there religious beliefs on everyone
Dec 6, 2012 11:29AM
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JC Penney certainly has my business and always will!  The OMM protest didn't work in February and it probably won't work now.  Why not put your efforts into helping those less fortunate than you, like the bible actually says, instead of this protest that probably won't even make a ding in JC Penney's sales?

Dec 6, 2012 11:27AM
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Paulo,     I believe we all have different perceptions of Christians & religion as a whole. It's behavior like OMM's that gives true Christianity a bad name. No one is perfect, and we all say or do foolish things in our lives. However OMM's behavior may have gone beyond foolishness?  The God whom I believe in will be the final judge of that. However, I know that behavior reveals something in their hearts that needs change.
    As far as religion & science goes?  As science advances with micro & nano biology, I find it hard for anyone to believe there wasn't an intelligent designer, but I respect the person regardless of what they choose to believe.
Dec 6, 2012 11:26AM
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I'm agreeing that she has a choice to live her life the way she wants to.
I'm agreeing that JC Penney has a right to hire whoever they want as their spokesperson.
And Ellen certainly has a right to say what she wants to, on her own show.

But let's look at this from both sides.  Homosexual activists were very upset when Chick-Fil-A's owner stated his beliefs.  Ban him.  Crash their "party" by having kiss-ins, etc.  The people who showed up at the restaurants were shown nothing but RESPECT and given the same excellent service all customers receive.

These One Million Moms gals have a right to their opinion.  It's called free speech.f

Both sides need to remember this and stop bashing each other.

And, by the way, I am a "conservative Christian".  I just think we all need to stop hating and learn to respect each other.

Dec 6, 2012 11:25AM
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Christians and their imaginary friends up in the sky and made up dogmatic ignorant dialog. No wonder they fight Science!
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