Published on February 9th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
1 Million Moms Against One Million Moms Gains Steam on Facebook
This week, a story about conservative, anti-gay group One Million Moms and their campaign to get Ellen DeGeneres booted from JC Penney as a spokeswoman for the general brand went viral as the group attempted to pressure the retailer to drop its new hire.
But it’s been a very productive few years in the struggle for gay rights, and quite honorably, the company vocally stepped up to defend DeGeneres and restate their excitement at having the chat show host on board to represent JC Penney. DeGeneres even uncharacteristically addressed the controversy on her show, making a crack about the group that they only had 40,000 fans on Facebook, but they’re rounding up to the nearest million and “I understand that.”
One of the more moving things about the debacle- aside from a major national retailer firmly coming down on the side of gay rights- was the outpouring of support against the hateful viewpoint of groups like One Million Moms. Many moms also spoke up to say hate was a value they didn’t wish for their children to acquire, and there’s even a backlash group on Facebook- 1 Million Moms Against One Million Moms. Although the backlash group is not comprised of activists and fully-funded (the original OMM is a “project” of a group called the American Family Association, labeled in 2005 as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), 1MMaOMM already has nearly 10,000 fans on the social network.
You can “like” 1 Million Moms Against One Million Moms here on Facebook. Do you plan on pouring more dollars into JC Penney for fighting the good fight?