The 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' host calls the overturning of the Proposition 8 'a step in the right direction,' and speaks her mind about the protest against her appointment as JC Penney's spokesperson.
In the wake of the overturning of the controversial Proposition 8, Ellen DeGeneres shares her happiness with the audience on her talk show. She expresses her joy during the monologue on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in an episode which airs February 8.
"There was some good news for marriage equality in California yesterday," she tells the viewers. "For a long time, same-sex marriage was not legal. Then, here in California, it was legal for like 25 minutes. Then it was not legal again because of something called Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage."
"And I'm happy to say that yesterday an appeals court ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional," the 54-year-old host continues. "I'm sure the people who oppose it will try to appeal it - but it's a step in the right direction. So I'm happy."
From talking about the Prop 8, DeGeneres moves on to her next subject, the One Million Moms protest. "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," she claims.
"This organization doesn't think I should be the spokesperson because I'm gay," she gives the audience a quick overview of how the protest against her arose. "They wanted to get me fired and I'm proud and happy to say that JC Penney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson."
Calling JC Penney's decision to defend her "great news," she jokingly reasons, "Because I also need some new crew socks. I'm really going to clean up with this discount." She adds, "I mean, if they have a problem with spokespeople, what about the Pillsbury doughboy? He runs around without any pants on, basically begging for people to poke his belly. What kind of message is that?"
On a more serious note, DeGeneres comments on the statement posted on One Million Mom Facebook page. "After JC Penney didn't back down I thought the story would be over. It's going to go away. Heard about it last week and it did not go away. The group has posted a message on their Facebook page," she says.
The statement read, "By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JC Penney is attempting to gain a new target market and in the process will lose customers with traditional values that have been faithful to them over all these years. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there."
"First of all, being gay or pro-gay isn't a bandwagon. You don't get a free ride anywhere. There's no music. And occasionally we'll sing 'We Are Family' but that's about it," she comments. "Secondly, they said a majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and not shop there anymore. I'd like to read just a few comments from the Million Moms Facebook page."
One of the messages DeGeneres read during the monologue includes, "Love Ellen and everything she stands for. I'm going to shop there more now!" and "I am a Christian and part of a traditional family and I support Ellen and now JC Penney!!!!"
She chimes in, "I really want to thank everyone who is supporting me. If you don't know me very well. If you're just watching maybe for the first time or you're just getting to know me. I want to be clear. 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."
DeGeneres then concludes, "To me, those are traditional values. That's what I stand for. I also believe in dance."