VIDEO: Ellen Opens Up About JCPenney Controversy

Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out about the outcry that followed after JC Penney hired her as a new spokeswoman. In a great moment on her talk show, she showed us a reminder that HATE is always out of style.

Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out about the outcry that followed after JC Penney hired her as a new spokeswoman. In a great moment on her talk show, she showed us a reminder that HATE is always out of style.

“For those of you are just tuning in for the first time, it’s true. I’m gay. I hope you were sitting down,” she joyfully added.

In true comedic form (but with a serious intent that she brought home at the end) DeGeneres poked fun at the One Million Moms group who had urged J.C. Penney to drop her as a spokeswoman because she is a lesbian. They also accused the retail chain of being on a ‘pro-gay bandwagon.’ She proudly thanked Penney for keeping her on as the audience roared in approval.

“Being gay or pro-gay isn’t a bandwagon. You don’t get a free ride anywhere. There’s no music. And occasionally we’ll sing ‘We Are Family’ but that’s about it,” she said.

Tongue firmly in cheek – she called out other questionable spokespeople – like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, who is always ‘walking around with no pants on’ and ‘begging for people to poke his belly.’

She also noted that the One Million Moms group “only have 40,000 members on their (Facebook) page. So they’re rounding up to the nearest million and I get that.”

She concluded by telling her “haters,” “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.”

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