I was reading an article on HuffPost, and it said that One Million Moms, a conservative media watchdog that takes a very hard anti-gay stance, now says it is “moving on” from its protests of Ellen DeGeneres as the spokesperson for JC Penny. Apparently back in February, they had a hissy fit when Ellen was selected as the store’s spokesperson, but of course they didn’t base it over the fact that Ellen is a lesbian and a married one too; no, they said it was because JCP was a “family store” and having Ellen as spokesperson was promoting values that went against the traditional form of family. Now they say they are moving on, and will now boycott the store.
First off, I’m not so sure they have a million mothers in that organization. It’s a stupid point, but it’s a point nonetheless; how do we know there’s a million mothers in that organization? Second, what’s wrong with the non-traditional family? I grew up in a very nontraditional family, and even though I write scary stories, I turned out decent. In fact, my parents should be given medals because I got this far! Third, why are you protesting Ellen? OMM, there are worse things out there than a lesbian comedian with a wife and a talk show being the spokesperson for a major retail store.
But then again, not much of what the conservative right has problems with makes much sense to me. For example, I think children growing up in poverty and with substandard education is horrible. But organizations like OMM will complain that if we give those children more food stamps and educational funding, we will be fostering a culture of dependence and making these kids moochers for life. I think that sending jobs overseas and not giving them to hardworking Americans is cruel and that the jobs should stay in the United States, even if it costs the rich a little more to keep them here. What does OMM say? Probably that the people who lose these jobs will find jobs soon enough that are just as good as the old jobs, and it makes no sense to “punish” job creators.
So go ahead, OMM. Protest something that’s becoming more acceptable everyday. When you’re ready to tackle real problems in our country, let me know.