Why are we here again?
Why is a group of one million moms who purport to be good Christian women doing good Christian work, instead, huddling together, once again, over their cauldrons of intolerance to denounce a low-priced consumer-friendly department store like JC Penney?
But before we get to that, just how sure are we that there are actually a million of them? Has anyone ever counted? Boston.com says their Facebook page has only 50K followers but maybe the other 950,000 are just busy raising kids, doing church work, blocking media; cleaning up immoral public behavior. That all takes time.
So what did JC Penney do? Molest children? Steal money from the church? Murder somebody? Pay their employees poverty wages then get their products via Third World slave labor factories?
NO. What’s got those One Million Moms all stirred up is that JC Penney, the family friendly low-price leader, had the audacity, the “spit in your face” temerity, to once again hire a out, loud and proud lesbian to appear in one of their current Christmas commercials. You know the lesbian: Ellen Degenerate – I mean, DeGeneres; she of the wild ways and outrageous, reprehensible behavior.
But you must understand; this is a group whose website home page features a scroll-down that lists all their “take action now” targets, from “disgusting” Skittles (apparently there’s an “offensive Walrus commercial” where a girl kisses a walrus – no, I’m not kidding), to Ragu spaghetti sauce (how can a spaghetti sauce commercial be “offensive??”); they’re really going after the new gay-themed NBC show, “The New Normal” (no explanation necessary), and it seems even Oreo is “promoting the homosexual agenda.” Seriously?! This is what Christians do with their time? At least Ellen and JC Penney are in good company.
I suppose one could extrapolate that if Ru Paul was featured in the commercial wearing a skin-tight, bulge-revealing cat-suit, dry-humping a Skittles-eating biker and mouthing dialogue from Behind the Green Door they’d have something to talk about. But Ellen?? In a Christmas commercial? Where she’s dressed as a Christmas elf having one of her trademark exchanges with three other Christmas elves. The horror! [see video below]
But while we shake our heads, here’s what the Million Mom’s had to say: [source: Huffington Post]:
“Since April, JC Penney’s has not aired Ellen DeGeneres in one of their commercials until now. A new JCP ad features Ellen and three elves,” writes OMM. “JCP has made their choice to offend a huge majority of their customers again. Christians must now vote with their wallets. We have contacted JC Penney’s several times in the past with our concerns, and they will not listen. They have decided to ignore our complaints so we will avoid them at all costs.”
As to their reference “since April”; J.C. Penney originally hired DeGeneres in February of 2012 to be their spokesperson. All hell broke loose then too:
“Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families,” the organization wrote on its website. “By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JC Penney is attempting to gain a new target market and in the process will lose customers with traditional values that have been faithful to them over all these years.”
I get boycotts; we Liberals have been boycotting all over the place – Rush Limbaugh, Papa John’s Chick-fil-A, Walmart, etc. – so that time-worn method of civil protest is not at issue here. In fact, go for it, gals, exercise your civil rights, boycott away (though I don’t see those good Christians making a fuss about the 100+ underpaid and poorly protected Bangladeshi workers who perished in a factory making product for Walmart – which, no doubt, many of them shop – and, ironically, JC Penney’s as well. Instead, they’re boycotting a lesbian.).
What I don’t get is the continuing intolerance and hate, the time-wasting agenda; the unseemly fixation on the sexuality of a portion of humanity. I don’t get a group so terrified by homosexuality, so fearful of the sexual orientation of people born as “God made them,” so judgmental and superior that they’d publicly denounce a beloved comedienne and talk show personality who uses her high profile to lift people up via her charity work, her various foundations, and the compassion she shows on a day to day basis. How is that remotely Christian?
It’s not. And there are plenty of Christians as horrified by this display of anachronistic, regressive behavior as I am, as you are. But, unfortunately, there is that fundamentalist contingent that just can’t get their mind off sex. Homo-sex, at least.
Despite the support of their deep-pocketed founder (the anti-gay, conservative Christian group American Family Association), their outrage, at least in this circumstance, has done little but sputter. JC Penney is unbowed, Ellen is unscathed, and while the rest of us are aghast, we’re unabated. The One Million Moms? Once they get past this brouhaha, they’ll probably stay busy beating the bushes to find other “pro-homosexual” food products or stores or TV shows they can flog with boycott letters. It’s OK; it keeps ‘em off the streets, doing “God’s good work.” Or whatever you’d call it.
Before you go, please enjoy the video at the center of this storm: