I wasn’t even going to post today. Didn’t have anything to say, really. But then I read about this group, One Million Moms (OMM), that has started a campaign against JC Penney because they recently hired Ellen DeGeneres as spokeswoman. Ok, so I was initially revolted by this. I went to their website, then I was not only revolted but insulted. What I learned was that it’s not just Pennies (it’s Pennies around here, people) that this group is targeting, but also Macys (two grooms on a wedding cake ad); Jenny Craig (a sensually clad Mariah Carey ad); Ben and Jerrys (you guessed it: the SCHWEDDY BALLS ice cream flavor); Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS (oh yes, adult toys [gasp!]); and I could go on and on. Actually that was fun. I might visit them again. Then shop at all those stores completely out of spite and fill out customer courtesy cards at each letting them know OMM referred me.
But I digress, OMM wants you to place a call to Pennies in order to:
Ask JC Penny to replace Ellen Degeneres as their new spokesperson immediately and remain neutral in the culture war.
Really? Remain neutral in the culture war? This is soooo moronic! Do they mean the culture war that’s initiated and propogated by groups like OMM? What the hell is going on here?
Anyway, aside from the obvious, one of the main problems here is with OMM’s ill-conceived, poorly worded statement of campaign purpose, entitled JC Penny is Now Insulting Its Customers that reads, in part:
Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of its customers are traditional families.
The small percentage of customers they are attempting to satisfy will not offset their loss in sales by offending the majority.
Now, oh, why do they think that many people really care that Ellen is gay? Because this so-called majority, of which I am included, is supposed to be offended that Ellen does not represent a “traditional family”? Uh, get over yourselves, OMM. Go live your life. Don’t shop at Pennies, please. I don’t want to see you in there, ok?
Guess what? One MILLION Moms are currently searching for moms (and guess what else? singles are even welcome [!]) to make up their million. Try and find out just how many of them there are right now. I couldn’t. Who the hell knows, but I’ll be John Brown if there are more than a couple thousand, and some of them are probably men. After all, this is a ministry of the ultra-conservative American Family Association, an organization that is, among other things, a strong anti-gay hate group. Wonderful.
Hey, OMM bitches, go back to 1953, will ya?
You know, sometimes I really just don’t like people. But then again, I like more people than I think because in researching this I found this awesome blog post about the hypocrisy of OMM. No doubt there are hundreds, if not thousands more.