Ellen Degeneres Supporters To Hold JCPenney Shop-In

There is no power quite like that of the almighty dollar.

And JCPenney may just be about to find out exactly how powerful that dollar is.

After JCPenney was attacked by a group calling themselves One Million Moms for hiring Ellen Degeneres as their spokesperson — saying that JCPenney was jumping on the “Pro-gay” bandwagon and that they would be alienating “traditional families” by hiring her — both JCPenney and Ellen struck back. Ellen herself referred to her “haters as [her] motivators,” while JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson emphatically stated his support of Ellen. “We stand squarely behind Ellen as our spokesperson…because she shares the same values that we do in our company. Our company was founded 110 years ago on The Golden Rule, which is about treating people fair and square, just like you would like to be treated yourself. And we think Ellen represents the values of our company and the values that we share.”

But the story doesn’t end there. Today two bloggers, Tracey Gaughran-Perez and Doug French, are spearheading the movement to show JCPenney the support of parents and consumers for sticking with Ellen — and activating the very group, families and parents, that One Million Moms claimed JCPenney was alienating — by shopping at their store this coming Sunday. “One Million Moms is like a bully trying to get JCPenney to sever ties with Ellen because she’s gay. What we’re doing is like parents coming together and standing up against bullies,” Gaughran-Perez told ABC. Nearly 1,000 people have signed up for their JCPenney Shop-In on Sunday, where consumers are encouraged to head to JCPenney either in person or online to show them a little shopping love, then post a picture of their shopping adventures using the hashtag #JCPShopIn. The page states clearly that the organizers “have no affiliation with JCPenney or The Ellen Show. We’re doing this because we can’t stand the idea that a bunch of crazies positioning themselves as ‘Moms with Family Values’ think they can bully people and get someone fired because of their sexual orientation.”

JCPenney is no stranger to controversy when it comes to sales and sexuality debates. But when it comes down to tapping the mood of the current consumer, they may have gotten it exactly right.


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Photo Credit: Sam Howzit on Flickr.


Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins5 years ago

Picking on Ellen?

She's as sweet and wholesome as they come. She doesn't even talk about her sexuality. She just happens to be a lesbian and married to a female.

Families and mothers love Ellen Degeneres. Her talk show is upbeat and full of light and laughter and a kind of goodness that isn't often found on those kinds of programs.

Joseph G. Paquette

J C Penny being transformed from that favorite "Aunt Margaret" to the hip, with it, socially concerned young woman who is the one up first to dance at a wedding, any wedding, with any caring couple willing to commit to one another with and in love.

Alice S.
Alice stottko5 years ago

Go J.C.Penney you have my full support for trying to make this world a better place for everybody gay, straight,..... what ever that is the proper way to go." THANK-YOU.

Marie A. Hernandes
Past Member 5 years ago

Kudo's for J.C. Penney.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago


Angela Lien
Angela L6 years ago

Those called themselves Millions Moms are hypocrites. They are no better than anyone when they just find fault with others. They should find themselves a REAL job!!!
I don't watch Ellen's show and I hardly shop at JCP, but they sound decent to me. I like Ellen because she is surreal and she cares for animals and others. I'm proud of JCP to stand up for the truth.

Chad A.
Chad A6 years ago

I do not really want to support a corporate outlet, but I will keep this in mind the next time I have to drop by a JCPennny's...

Joseph Paquette

I am voting my economic clout and sending the message that is clearly understood!

Joseph Paquette

I am voting my economic clout and sending the message that is clearly understood!

Debby Gesaman
Deborah Gesaman6 years ago

Ellen is my hero...and now JCP is too. I haven't done much shopping there in the past, but I definitely will now! Thanks JCP for standing up for the rights of ALL, not just the few who think they are "God's Chosen Ones" - how sad to think that by alienating themselves from a portion of humanity, they are denying themselves a joyously complete life.