Though always known for her hilarious humor, Ellen DeGeneres is now taking time to address some serious topics which have recently been brought to her attention. Following the overturn of Proposition 8 on Monday (which originally banned gay marriage in California), the daytime talk show host shared her excitement over the ruling in her opening monologue on Wednesday’s show, while also addressing the controversy concerning her partnership with JCPenney (video below).
Regarding Prop 8, DeGeneres said, “There was some good news for marriage equality in California yesterday. For a long time, same-sex marriage was not legal. Then, here in California, it was legal for like 25 minutes. Then it was not legal again because of something called Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage. And I’m happy to say that yesterday an appeals court ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional. I’m sure the people who oppose it will try to appeal it, but it’s a step in the right direction. So I’m happy.”
It was then that she brought up the whole JCPenney partnership, addressing how happy she is to be apart of it. She goes on to say, “But there’s a group called One Million Moms that isn’t happy about it. And normally, I try not to pay attention to my haters—but this time I’d like to talk about it, because my haters are my motivators.” (Love her!) DeGeneres adds, “This organization doesn’t think I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay. They wanted to get me fired, and I’m proud and happy to say that JCPenney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson.”
However, the group is still not backing down. They even posted a message about the matter on their Facebook page, which DeGeneres read aloud. Afterward, she cracked a few jokes about their “bandwagon” reference, saying, “First of all, 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.” But she then got more serious about the issue and concluded by telling her haters, “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.”
All of this is really just another reason to love Ellen. She doesn’t cower in the face of controversy and completely sticks up for what she believes in, while always remaining true to herself. Check out the video below for a sneak peek of her Wednesday monologue. Yay, Team Ellen!