The Fox News host is siding with the lesbian comedian against the social conservatives calling for her termination.
Ellen DeGeneres, the daytime talk-show host and heir apparent to Oprah Winfrey, is likable as all get out, and a lot of women who watch TV during the day prefer her to anyone else. So JCPenney, the discount department store, chose her as a celebrity endorser when it began to re-brand.
The choice is now making headlines, as a group called One Million Moms demands her termination. "Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," the group states on its website, urging the chain to "be neutral in the culture war." Perhaps the threatened boycott will benefit of rival Sears, where traditional families can revel in the tight-knit Kardashian Kollection, or Kohl's, which re-signed family-values icon Britney Spears as a partner in 2010.
More likely, this campaign is going to fail miserably -- trying to get gay people out of fashion? Really? -- but it's nevertheless heartening to see that even Bill O'Reilly, staunch foe of "secularists," perceives its odiousness. Here's a clip of him defending Ellen on The O'Reilly Factor:
To be clear, Bill O'Reilly's blustery faux-reasoning is as typically nonsensical in the clip above as always. Does he really believe that it's always wrong to demand than an organization fire a spokesperson so long as they haven't broken any laws? Of course he doesn't. This is a man who made it his personal mission to attack Pepsi for hiring the rapper Ludacris as a spokesman. What I suspected O'Reilly was thinking, but didn't say: the anti-Ellen campaign is odious because there is nothing objectionable about the mere fact of being an uncloseted lesbian.