Fresh of their assault on the pacifists of the Gandhi Nebula, One Million Moms (A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of The American Family Research Council, Hate Inc.) has put out another one of their rather stupid little press releases whining and complaining about JC Penney. Apparently, JCP has been ‘laying low’ throughout April. OMM writes:
JC Penney has laid low in the month of April by airing two different commercials that portrayed them as remaining neutral in the cultural war. Even though JCP seemed to have changed their approach, their May catalog shows they are making a strong effort otherwise. On pages ten and eleven, under the title “Freedom of Expression,” you’ll find “Wendi and her partner Maggie and daughters” and again “Wendi, daughters Raven and Clover, and partner Maggie” in text. In the picture both women are wearing wedding bands.
Well, let us start with the fact that JCP has been using ads from Ellen Degeneres, at least every time I’ve caught one of their commercials. Maybe OMM is just not watching the right shows. However, the Degeneres ads are rather neutral in their content. After all, if you didn’t know that Ellen is lesbian, you wouldn’t be able to tell from her commercials.
Then again, it isn’t surprising that OMM is going to have a fit over an inclusive catalogues, though. They went on to write:
Families who once supported JCP and hold open store credit cards or are on their mailing list received the May catalog yesterday. Today, customers are able to view the May catalog online on the JC Penney website under May books. (click on image for larger view)
OMM has so many issues to cover we had no choice but to move on earlier in the year but have decided to revisit this issue and speak out again. It is obvious that JCP would rather take sides than remain neutral. JCP will hear from the other side so they need to hear from us as well.
Last time OMM contacted JC Penney store managers, we were brushed off. Some even experienced in person the store manager saying “Thank you” and walking off while their customer and our concerned members were in mid-sentence. OMM has been told that JCP corporate office told store managers to say “Thank you” and then walk away. If they want our business, then we will not be ignored!
The store managers are the ones who can communicate to corporate for their customers. Managers will not want to be in the middle so when we politely express our concern to them, they should realize that they are the ones taking all the complaints and corporate is not having to answer for the decisions they are making. Managers will pass along customers’ frustrations, and their own, to corporate because they will likely get tired of their game. Managers will also have to answer to corporate for the loss in sales from traditional families, so we will give them the proof they need to back this up when we tell them we will no longer be able to shop with them until they take a neutral stand.
Which worked so well last time. I mean, come on. JCP didn’t cut off Ellen, and they aren’t going to change over this. Have you ever noticed how these schmucks talk about neutrality? Really, this isn’t about neutrality, which would be inclusive. Rather it’s about forcing these corporations to side with the hate groups by not being inclusive.