Since yesterday, a group called 1 Million People Who Support Ellen for J.C. Penney has popped up, far surpassing the support of One Million Moms’ Facebook “Likes” (now 42,634). As of press time, 1 Million People has 80,244 members and gaining. According to founder Cathie Winter Miller, the group only had 38 “Likes” yesterday, and a recent check of the group’s page showed pages upon pages of Team Ellen comments in the last 20 minutes alone.
I didn’t know anyone was tracking the numbers, this is fun. I thought that One Million Moms would continue to inflate themselves, limited only by the number of moms on planet earth– at my rough estimate, 2 billion. Maybe this mighty horde of moms is about to rise up and march on J.C.Penney, or maybe those busy women have more important things to do.
You know, this is a classic case of mis-information corrected by more information. Groups like the American Family Association have put the ‘bully’ in the bully pulpit for decades, and have always inflated their power and influence. They may have passed their peak. The current Republican lineup, all competing for the Christian vote, are an embarrassment to many Christians–who do not march in lockstep and were not all born yesterday either.
[for AFA, I tried to link to the organization's 'about us' page, but when I did it grabbed onto my computer like a Jehovah's Witness who won't get off your porch, and I had to do a security update. Coincidence? I don't know, but I won't visit them again unless I have time to re-start Firefox.]
IN RELATED NEWS: Who can forget the time world-famous author Jincy Willett named her novel, ‘Winner of the National Book Award’? It’s a well-known fact that Ms.Willett wears a scarf and dark glasses whenever she goes out, and survives death-defying car chases with paparazzi seeking photos they can sell to the tabloids. Of course, I don’t have the numbers on that, but this is the internet, after all.
to ‘A Cast of Thousands’. Or maybe ‘Adored Supermodel Genius Green’. Reinventing oneself is a fine way of defining oneself to the world. It worked for Laurence Tureaud, When he changed his name to Mr.T…
I think about my father being called ‘boy’, my uncle being called ‘boy’, my brother, coming back from Vietnam and being called ‘boy’. So I questioned myself: ‘What does a black man have to do before he’s given the respect as a man?’ So when I was 18 years old, when I was old enough to fight and die for my country, old enough to drink, old enough to vote, I said I was old enough to be called a man. I self-ordained myself Mr. T so the first word out of everybody’s mouth is ‘Mr.’ That’s a sign of respect that my father didn’t get, that my brother didn’t get, that my mother didn’t get.
That’s kind of sublime. So let’s move on to the ridiculous.
One Million Moms are ganging up on Ellen DeGeneres. They are an online organization. Their website lacks piquancy or finesse. Maybe those qualities are too gay. If you follow that link, you will see that the first thing the Moms want to clarify is that they have nothing to do with the Million Mom March. For sure. That event, May 14, 2000, drew an estimated 750,000 to the White House–I mean physically riding buses to get there. I was in that crowd, and it was vast.
Maybe there really are One Million Moms ready to click a mouse to stop the threat of Ellen DeGeneres making gay look nice (because she is gay and she is nice).
And then again, maybe it’s the American Family Association, a handful of women, and a lot of spambots. How would we know? Ellen doesn’t seem too worried.
J.C.Penney doesn’t seem worried, either. I think they are showing class and confidence, but they probably also ran the numbers and concluded they were not going to lose a million customers for not throwing Ellen under the bus.
In related news, ‘Joe’ the ‘plumber’ is back in politics. God Bless America, land of opportunity.