Earlier this month, the American Family Association’s “One Million Moms” targeted JC Penney for partnering with the openly-gay comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, claiming that the store is undermining “traditional families.” “Degeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store,” the group announced in their call-to-boycott. “The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.”
Thankfully, JC Penney has brushed off the group’s empty threats and is sticking by DeGenes. But at least one mother of a gay man, Deon Davis, was deeply offended by the boycott and has written a letter to the organization warning the “One Million Moms” that their hate speech may be hurting their very own children:
I can assure you that out of one million moms that’s a part of your organization a pretty good percentage of their children are probably suffering from the lack of comfort, understanding and trust to come out as an openly gay person, this situation causes depression, low self esteem, and even suicide. [...]
One Million Mom’s there are much more sufficient problems to address than focusing on Ellen Degeneres, and the only rejection is because she loves and married the same sex, and for the record Ellen and her family is exactly the perfect example of what shops at JC Penney’s.
We have a huge generation of our children destroyed, hurting, bullied, tormented and committed suicide because of non-accepting organizations such as yours; your group message portrays non-acceptance and hate. Being a mother myself my maternal instinct inside me would never risk the welfare of our children by the non-acceptance and public outcry for the termination of a gay person, what type of message are you sending? A message of HATE!
“Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most fun and vibrant people in entertainment today,” Michael Francis, president of JC Penney said in a statement defending the partnership. “The millions who watch her on television and follow her through social media relate to her and trust what she has to say. Importantly, we share the same values as Ellen. At J.C. Penney, we couldn’t think of a better partner to help us put the fun back into the retail experience.”