Skip to comments.J.C. Penney CEO on Ellen DeGeneres controversy
Posted on 02/09/2012 6:56:53 AM PST by narses
(CBS News) J.C. Penney is trying to rebuild its customer base with help from a new spokeswoman, Ellen DeGeneres. But a group called One Million Moms is accusing the company of "jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon."
DeGeneres responded to the group on her TV show Wednesday, saying, "I'm happy about (being the spokesperson) J.C. Penney is happy about it. But there's this group called One Million Moms that is not happy about it. And normally I try not to pay attention to my haters, but this time I'd like to talk about it because my haters are my motivators. This organization doesn't think I should be the spokesperson because I am gay. So for those of you tuning in for the first time, I'm gay. I hope you were sitting down. ... So they wanted to get me fired, and I'm proud and happy to say that J.C. Penney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson."
In a statement last week, J.C. Penney said it stands behind its partnership the talk show host.
On "CBS This Morning," Thursday, J.C. Penney chief executive officer Ron Johnson, said the company "shares the same values" as DeGeneres and that the decision to have her as a spokesperson was a "no-brainer."
"We don't look at it like a controversy. One of the great things about America is people can speak their mind. And you know, the organization that believes one thing has spoken and it was great to see Ellen share her views yesterday. And we stand squarely behind Ellen as our spokesperson and that's a great thing. Because she shares the same values that we do in our company. Our company was founded 110 years ago on the golden rule, which is about treating people fair and square, just like you would like to be treated yourself. And we think Ellen represents the values of our company and the values that we share."
Which is worse? Consumers telling a company that they won’t shop there any longer because of a controversial spokesperson, or a company firing an employee because they weren’t politically correct/liberal enough?
We shop Penney’s, have their card and have had for years. - IF they have hired a few other “spokespersons” to represent them along side the “gay” agenda one, okay - AND if they do not present snide and coy commercials pushing the “Brokeback Mountain” scenario, I’ll hold off acting on this.
However, IF Ellen is to be the primary spokesperson for Penney’s doing “double entendre” commercials or anything pushing the homosexual agenda, we’ll be outta there fast and enduring.
Frankly, I think Penney’s is making a big mistake here. Ellen’s face is already “out there” plenty with her long Walmart makeup gig (also may be at other stores); so it’s not like if she doesn’t get the Penney’s gig she’s gonna go broke.
This thread illustrates why America is circling the drain. The left is VERY good a propaganda.
“there is a creepy cosmetics commercial with ellen degenerate”
I agree it’s creepy. She practically molests the other female in the commercial (I forget who it is - Drew Barrymore, maybe?). Anyway, I feel violated just looking at it.
How many men would want to do a touchy-feely ad spot with a homo fag??
When did some Americans decide that free speech is not our right as citizens?
Americans didn’t decide that. See post 121.
The marxists in control of political correctness decided. Americans are silenced under the guise of “hurting someones feelings”. The PC mantra has even invaded conservative thinking.
Your kidding, right? You were cheering when some guy got zotted a few minutes ago!
Darn straight! FR is private property and is a conservative, grassroots, activist site. FR will NOT tolerate the leftist view being posted and pushed on here. The owner is VERY clear about that.
This is a private site. Do you object to that?
It has certainly invaded Republican thinking.
Not at all, I’m just pointing out a dichotomy, two mutually exclusive statements.
The Americans (I’m making an assumption here) on this thread who are objecting to those of us who are unwilling to sit down and shut up about JC Penney’s new spokesperson made a decision. They may well have been influenced by marxist propaganda, but it was still their choice to accept it.
Um, zotting someone from a private forum who’s espousing left wing views (pro-gay, pro-homosexual) is quite different that boycotting a department store who is advancing a political & social agenda.
Can't you tell when your're being baited? It's a way of life for certain ones.
Glad to know it. I can now stop shopping at JCP because Degenerate’s “values” and mine aren’t compatible.
Same goes for Paul Lynd! A great comic actor, probably gay, but the kind of guy you’d love to have a beer with. Ellen, on the other hand, I’m not such a fan. And I haven’t shopped at J.C. Penny in ages!
On the third hand, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” is one of my favorite flicks!
Not really. Saying “good” hardly qualifies as “cheering”.