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Ellen DeGeneres ads: Anti-gay group’s J.C. Penney boycott fizzles

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It’s Ellen DeGeneres 1, OneMillionMoms.com 0.

The Christian family group called OneMillionMoms.com announced Thursday that it’s backing off a nationwide boycott of J.C. Penney. The group -- affiliated with the ultraconservative American Family Assn. -- was upset that the retailer recently hired the openly gay talk show host as its new spokeswoman. OneMillionMoms.com argued that DeGeneres, as a gay woman, was a poor representative of family values.

The campaign belly-flopped after numerous critics attacked the effort -- not just the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation advocacy group, but also some commentators often sympathetic to conservative causes, such as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who compared it to McCarthy-like blacklisting. J.C. Penney also issued a statement reaffirming its support for DeGeneres.

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OneMillionMoms director Monica Cole told the site onenewsnow.com that ‘other issues require her group’s attention, so OMM is moving on.’

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What other issues? Well, the group’s latest effort is against the ABC drama ‘GCB,’ which organizers find insulting to Christians.

Meanwhile, some have noticed that the group’s title might be a bit optimistic.

‘Not that there’s anyone counting, but for a group that calls itself the One Million Moms, they only have 40,000 members on their [Facebook] page,’ DeGeneres told viewers. ‘They’re rounding to the nearest million, and I get that.’

What do you think? Why did the OneMillionMoms campaign fail?

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-- Scott Collins

twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT


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