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Shocker! Bill O’Reilly Defends Ellen DeGeneres, Calls Million Moms Boycott a “Witchhunt”


Ellen  DeGeneres has an unlikely ally in…Bill  O’Reilly?

In a segment on The O’Reilly Factor last night, the Fox News pundit  surprisingly stood up for the openly gay comedian and talk show host against the  conservative group One Million Moms, which is organizing a boycott against JCPenny for hiring DeGeneres as as  spokeswoman.

Here’s what he had to say in a segment with guest Sandy  Rios, a Fox News contributor who supported the Million Moms’ anti-gay  stance in the name of “traditional values.”

Suggesting such hostility is not in “the spirit of America,” O’Reilly  insisted the proposed protest is all about DeGeneres.

“If you remember with the McCarthy era of the 1950s and they were trying to  hunt down communist sympathizers and not let them work and put them on a  blacklist…what is the difference between the McCarthy era of the ’50s and the  Million Moms saying, ‘Hey, JCPenny and all you other stores, don’t you hire gay  people. Don’t you dare.’ What’s the difference?”

Rio countered the boycott was necessary because DeGeneres has “chosen to act  out her lesbian lifestyle and marry her partner and what that represents.”

“People that believe that marriage is between a man and woman and children  should not be exposed and propagandized in homosexuality have a moral problem  with that,” she said. “It’s disturbing to them. They are trying to say to  JCPenney please don’t do that.”

O’Reilly accused her of dodging his point that right-wingers are wrong in  trying to get an American citizen fired because of her lifestyle.

“This JCPenny thing is a witchhunt and shouldn’t happen,” O’Reilly  concluded.

DeGeneres, meanwhile, responded to the Million Moms attack in an episode of her  eponymous talk show set to air today. In the segment, she reads from the group’s  statement claiming JC Penny was hopping on the “pro-gay bandwagon.”

“Being gay or pro-gay isn’t a bandwagon. You don’t get a free ride anywhere.  There’s no music…Occasionally we’ll sing ‘We Are Family.’ But that’s about  it.”

The Fox News host isn’t the only one supporting DeGeneres. The majority of  commenters on Million Moms Facebook defended the comic and have vowed to  shop at the retail giant, which has issued a statement saying it stands by its  partnership with DeGeneres.

 

 

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