Once again, the American Family Association (AFA) has announced a boycott. And once again, my liberal Facebook friends are up in arms.
Relax, guys (and gals), this is likely to be just as effective as their boycott of Disney. The company didn’t back down and continued to offer benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of its employees. Now, a group called “One Million Moms,” a division of AFA is asking “JCPenney to replace Ellen DeGeneres as their new spokesperson immediately and remain neutral in the culture war.”
You see that retailer has taken on the buoyant talk show hostess as its spokesman. And Ms. DeGeneres is um, a well, you see, she’s, uh, um, a lesbian.
Look, if they don’t like that the department store has a lesbian as a spokesman, well, then, they don’t have to shop there. It’s their choice.
And despite the protests, Penney’s has retained Ellen as its spokesman. Kudos.
Bill O’Reilly has an interesting take on this (especially at 3:43):
Not sure thought that I’d call it a witch hunt. It’s just the free market at work. A department store chain hires a popular talk show hostess to flack its products, thinking she may help improve the brand name. Some people have something against said hostess because of her sexuality. So, they express their opposition by announcing their boycott. They stop shopping there. Fine. We should be free to shop where we please.
These guys do have every right to boycott the store. And we have every right not to heed their call.
Problem is most people could care less about Ellen’s sexuality. They like her for her bubbly personality — and the respect she shows her guests, even those with whom she disagrees.
Those who don’t want to shop at Penney’s can have their boycott. Don’t think though that many people will heed their call.