JC Penney Is Standing By Ellen, Ignores Anti-Gay Group

JC Penney is standing strong against an anti-gay group calling on it to terminate its partnership with Ellen DeGeneres, Andy Towle reports. “In an emailed statement to Yahoo Shine, J.C. Penney confirmed it “stands behind its partnership with Ellen DeGeneres,” as do most Americans. More than 10,000 people have “signed a petition drawn up by GLAAD to support Ellen, and 95 percent of the L.A. Times readers supported JC Penney hiring Ellen in a poll.” The company’s commitment is just another indication of how times — and attitudes — have changed. Back in 1997, JC Penney did respond to pressure from the American Family Association and pulled its sponsorship of The Ellen Show after DeGeneres and her sitcom character Ellen Morgan came out as gay.