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Ellen Responds to One Million Moms Protest

By February 7, 2012

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Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres spoke to her audience on Tuesday applauding California's overturning of Proposition 8, the measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state. The show will air Wednesday.

Oh, and she gave a shout-out to One Million Moms, a conservative group calling for a boycott of JCPenney, after the retailer announced an advertising campaign featuring DeGeneres.

OMM claims JCPenney is "jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon" and, as such, will alienate, allegedly, one million moms. Never mind that DeGeneres is a popular entertainer with a stable and substantial fan base in JCPenney's target demographic.

"Normally, I try not to pay attention to my haters," she says. "But this time I'd like to talk about it, because my haters are my motivators."

DeGeneres explains that One Million Moms called for her ousting as JCPenney spokesperson because of her sexual orientation. JCPenney chose not to.

"First of all, being gay or pro-gay isn't a 'bandwagon,'" she says. "You don't get a free ride anywhere."

DeGeneres then pointed to One Million Moms Facebook page, which called for DeGeneres's firing. She read some of the comments posted on the site, including "Way to go JCPenney for not giving in to bullies. Stand your ground."

Thanking her supporters, DeGeneres said, "Here are the values I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you'd want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. "

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