If you took a poll of "Most Likable Celebrity," I'd bet good money that comedienne/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres would be right up there toward the top. She's been making us laugh for almost two decades, and she has been an inspiration to many after she came out publicly in 1997.
Unfortunately, it seems not everyone is a huge Ellen fan. An organization called One Million Moms recently began protesting JC Penney's hiring of Ellen as their new spokesperson.
"Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," reads a recent statement from the organization. "More sales will be lost than gained unless they replace their spokesperson quickly. Unless JC Penney decides to be neutral in the culture war then their brand transformation will be unsuccessful."
Obviously, this is all nonsense. And if One Million Moms really feels like protesting JC Penney, they are more than welcome to. Who needs 'em, right? I wonder if they'll stop showing their kids Finding Nemo since Ellen voiced Dory. Plus, Nemo is in a single-parent household... the horror!
And if you needed any more proof that Ellen is deserving of that "Most Likable Celebrity" title, watch her response to her critics on today's episode of Ellen...
"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. To me, those are traditional values. That's what I stand for... I also believe in dance."