It hasn't gone well for One Million Moms (a sham offshot of the anti-gay hate group the American Family Association). Many folks have been turned off of the boycott because it's nothing more than wanton homophobia. This group don't like DeGeneres because she is a lesbian. In fact, not only has JC Penny dug in, but people, such as radio personality Howard Stern, have voiced strong support of the store and DeGeneres,
But like a moron who continues bash his head against a brick wall while ignoring the pain, One Million Moms and its supporters slog on.
Imagine you had to make a case against Ellen DeGeneres being the new spokesman for JCPenney. Ellen is charming and delightful ... witty, warm and engaging. What's not to like about Ellen DeGeneres? And yet for thousands ... yeah millions of Penney's customers, it is an unsettling proposition.
American Family Association's OneMillionMoms have said as much. In fact they've asked JCPenney to reconsider their choice of a spokesperson. They've launched a campaign to get Penney customers to tell the retailer how they feel. But thousands are fighting back, including the new CEO of JCPenney, former Apple executive Ron Johnson, who said, "I think Ellen is someone we all trust. She's loveable, likeable, honest and funny, but at her soul, we trust her." On-line petitions have sprung up sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination, GLAAD, in fierce defense of DeGeneres. It's the intolerant Religious Right pitted against the affable and charming Ellen DeGeneres and really, on that basis it is a losing battle.
Then Rios calls herself trying to lower the boom:
But this isn't about Ellen's winsome personality or her caring approach to her guests. It's about the private choices she has publicly flaunted and the profound influence she has chiefly because of her charm and likeability. Openly lesbian, Ellen is "married" to her partner Portia Rossi. Militantly gay, DeGeneres has fought for homosexual rights including marriage and indoctrination in public schools.
It is then that Rios proceeds to pull the religious right tactic we all know so well - citing anecdotal evidence of incidents which alledgedly took place. These incidents are supposed to prove that a. homosexuality is dangerous and b. because folks are not paying attention, homosexuality is becoming more popular and thus will destroy America.
Among the examples is the phony Fistgate controversy that an anti-gay hate group (Mass Resistance) created in order to wreck the career of former Obama appointee Kevin Jennings. For the entire story see 'Fistgate' and President Obama. Of course Rios did not spell out just how DeGeneres participated in this faux scandal.
Other examples were alleged sex reassignment surgeries involving children.
Rios wraps up her hysterical nonsense by saying about DeGeneres:
We like her and therefore cannot bring ourselves to condemn what she does or see any harm in her being the spokesperson for a company where America's traditional families shop. We are incapable of making the distinction and so we open wide the gates and assure for ourselves the future homosexual activists have long written about: the complete eradication of the traditional family and the acceptance of any sexual choice anyone wants to make.
Rios' audacity is astounding. It always amazes me how folks on Rios' side of the argument refuse to acknowledge the fact that same-sex families have children and they shop too. In this country, we do not need to create a caste system between "traditional families" and "non-traditional families." Any family providing love and support should be accepted and embraced.
Rios' inferences are ludicrous. She seems to be saying that if you support JC Penny's decision to partner with Ellen DeGeneres then you support children being "taught" how to fist or "having their sex organs removed"(Editor's note - those are Rios' words, not mine).
If Rios tried to make the case against DeGenres and JC Penny, she failed miserably. What she does succeed in doing is just the opposite. No matter how she or One Million Moms attempt to pretty up the boycott, the fact of the matter is that it's all about bigotry.
The fact of the matter is that these folks fear the future where lgbtqs will be more open, raise children, and generally act like normal taxpaying American citizens instead of lurking in the shadows like vampires eager to pick off those dumb enough to venture into the darkness.
I personally like this future. I look forward to this future. Now if Rios and One Million Moms fear this future, that's their business.
But it will come to pass. And it will come to pass sooner than expected if these parties put their wanton bigotry on display for the world to see.