Adam Lambert is one of the most famous openly gay stars in the music industry. It is suspected that the revelation of his homosexuality may have prevented him from winning American Idol. In the wake of the show’s end, however, Lambert’s rock star status has only continued to rise and he’s still an inspiration to people everywhere. That’s why his statement on Twitter on Sunday afternoon is so noteworthy.
One Million Moms is an anti-gay group that has launched numerous campaigns against corporations for supporting the LGBT community. The group is a branch organization of the American Family Association, which itself is a hate group. The most notable anti-gay crusade undertaken by One Million Moms is against JC Penney. The major retailer recently made headlines when it hired openly gay talk show host Ellen Degeneres to appear in an ad campaign appealing to women and the LGBT community, which has been a success. JC Penney has refused to bow to the demands of One Million Moms, (which probably only has thousands of members as evidenced by its recently removed Facebook page), which are to fire Degeneres just because she is gay.
The retail company recently increased LGBT presence in its advertising campaign by releasing an ad featuring a male couple and their kids which reads:
“First Pals: What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver — all rolled into one. Or two.”
Catchy right? I think so. But One Million Moms isn’t impressed and neither is their parent organization American Family Association which released its own statement in response to the new ad.
“It is obvious that JCP would rather take sides than remain neutral in the culture war,” the statement read. “JCP will hear from the other side so they need to hear from us as well. Our persistence will pay off! We must remain diligent and stand up for Biblical values and truth.”
Here’s where Adam Lambert comes in. Lambert took to Twitter to air his own thoughts about One Million Moms and their campaign of hate, writing:
“F*ck One Million Moms, hateful bigots.”
Here’s the image:
It’s nice to see an openly gay celebrity call out the bigotry of this hate group, but let’s examine the AFA statement.
AFA claims that JC Penney is taking sides instead of being neutral in the culture war. Their claim is ludicrous, of course. If JC Penney only employed heterosexuals and only ran heterosexual ads they’d truly be guilty of taking sides. The fact is, JC Penney employs both homosexuals and heterosexuals and runs ads appealing to straight and gay people. If JC Penney only employed homosexuals, perhaps AFA would have a case. But they don’t. JC Penney is being non-discriminatory and rejecting the hate, which is what many states, businesses, and towns are beginning to do. The corporate world is beginning to learn that there is money to be made by legalizing same-sex marriage and supporting the LGBT community in their fight for equality. JC Penney made a wise decision to stand with the LGBT community and someday, anti-gay hate groups will be forced into the shadows where they belong and peace, love, compassion, equality, and rainbows will shine brightly across America and a new beacon of freedom will be lit.