Ellen DeGeneres decided to take her opening monologue and instead of delivering the funny, delivered a whole lotta truth to her audience and viewers. Being taped the day Prop 8 was appealed and declared unconstitutional, Ellen took the time to address another issue affecting her in the media: her haters that have become her motivators. Ellen recently became a spokesperson for J.C. Penney and a group called 'One Million Moms' has been trying to get her fired based solely on the fact that she's gay.
'One Million Moms' took the issue to their Facebook page, issuing a statement implying that by keeping Ellen as their spokesperson, they would be on the pro-gay bandwagon and that those with 'traditional values' would no longer shop there. Well, J.C. Penney didn't agree and kept the funny lady as their spokesperson and the outpouring of comments on the site is proving the exact opposite. Many of the comments said that because the store stuck with Ellen, they would actually shop there more. [ via Entertainment Weekly]
In true Ellen form, she brought light to a serious situation asking how come nobody has a problem with the Pillsbury doughboy. He does walk around naked and ask people to poke him. But she really drove her point home with her closing sentence. "I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. That's what I stand for."
It's things like this that make me love Ellen even more. She's able to take a topic that obviously is extremely close to her heart, and articulate herself in a way that isn't preaching or telling you what to believe in. She merely states what should be the obvious, that equality and compassion matter. To me, when representing a brand or anything for that matter it doesn't get any more worthy than that.
The episode aired today at 4 p.m.
What do you guys think of what Ellen said? How great it is that J.C Penney didn't back down?