Friday 10 February 6:16 p.m.
Ellen Degeneres has been the target of a conservative anti-gay campaign.
The conservative group, 'One Million Moms' had campaigned to have Ellen dropped as retail store, JC Penney's spokesperson because she is a lesbian.
''For those of you are just tuning in for
the first time, it's true. I'm gay. I hope you were sitting down,'' Ellen announced to the audience of her talk show.
''They (One Million Moms) wanted to get me
fired and I am proud and happy to say that J.C. Penney stuck by their decision
to make me their spokesperson,'' she said.
The group accused JC Penney ''jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon'' by
hiring of DeGeneres to be the face of their brand.
''Being gay or pro-gay isn't a bandwagon.
You don't get a free ride anywhere. There's no music. And occasionally we'll
sing 'We Are Family' but that's about it,'' she said.
She went on to say that she wanted to
be “clear” about the “values” she stands for.
“I stand for honesty, equality, kindness,
compassion, treating people the way you’d want to be treated and helping those
in need,” she said. “To me, those are traditional values. That’s
what I stand for.”
She also noted that the One Million Moms
group ''only have 40,000 members on their (Facebook) page. So they're rounding
up to the nearest million and I get that.''