The principal of a Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia has apologized to parents for putting a photo of Ellen DeGeneres on an invitation for the school’s graduation dance. And she wasn’t apologizing for using an irrelevant image; the dance’s theme is the Oscars, for which Ellen was the host this year. But St. Andrew Elementary parents questioned the use of the photo, so Nancy Matteo sent out an email saying it was “completely wrong.” Gee, I wonder why.
According to Matteo, Ellen is a “poor role model” because she “lives her life outside the teachings of the Catholic Church.” Well, so do plenty of non-Catholics and Catholics alike, so you’ll need a pretty in-depth screening process to filter those people out. But I wonder what specifically Matteo is referring to, since she doesn’t explain further. I’m gonna go out on a limb here — feel free to call me crazy — and speculate that maybe it had something to do with the fact that Ellen’s gay.
As we’ve learned time and time again now, there are lots of things in the world that could influence your child to become a homosexual. It could be as innocent as singing along to “Let It Go” or as sinister as looking at a photograph of a lady who’s attracted to other ladies. I hope you didn’t make the mistake of looking at the photo at the top of this post. You did? Whoops, I’m sorry to say you are now legally married to someone of the same sex.
Allow this to be your daily reminder that we live in a world where being gay (if we’re assuming that’s the reason this whole problem started, and I think we can be pretty confident it is) can make someone a “poor role model” whose image shouldn’t be allowed in front of children, no matter how much kindness and generosity and positivity and general role-model-ness they display every day.
Oh, and the principal has also asked for the invitations to be returned so they can be destroyed and new ones can be sent out. So that’s really great news for all the trees that were used to make the invitations in the first place. Hurray!