Catholic Principal Calls Ellen DeGeneres A ‘Poor Role Model,’ Which I’m Sure Has Nothing To Do With Her Being Gay

Ellen DeGeneres Duracell Power a Smile campaign November 2013

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!

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    • M_G

      I agree! She is a TERRIBLE role model. Lord knows I don’t want MY (imaginary) kids growing up to be kind, compassionate, intelligent, hilarious, successful, progressive leaders who enrich the world around them. Nope. That would detract from prayer time and taking “Which Duggar Are You Most Like?” quizzes.

      • kellyshaun

        I agree with you She is a TERRIBLE role model. Lord knows I don’t want MY (imaginary)
        kids growing up to be kind, compassionate, intelligent, hilarious,
        successful, progressive leaders who enrich the world around them.

    • Mystik Spiral

      At least the Catholic clergy are all 100% excellent role models.

    • Rachel Sea

      That principal should be fired, since, having seen the photo of Ellen, she is now a big ol’ lesbian, and therefore a poor role model.

    • brebay

      Don’t something like 90% of Catholics admit to using birth control at some point in their lives?

    • brebay

      She’s the bitch who’s always surprising kids with cancer with free stuff, right?

    • personal

      OMG, I just read the link and realize that not only is my 4-year-old a lesbian, but my 17-month-old is gay, too!!! He’s been laughing like a maniac whenever he gets to the ‘slam the door’ part of ‘Let it Go!’ singing ‘Det go! Dooooooor!’
      Help! We just thought he was cute!
      And by the way, I would totally love to have Ellen be their godmother. If only I knew her IRL. LOVE the woman.

    • J_Doe5686

      Considering the sources we have to take this with a grain of salt or two. Catholics are the most critical people ever. I was raised Catholic and went to a Catholic school. I also know that most Catholics and it’s clergy commit a lot of sins or witnesses them but keep it hush hush to keep up with their holier than thou image. If I ever get to have kids I want them to be like Ellen.

    • MA

      I clicked on this link that appeared in a new story today about her commercial but I have to say that not all Catholics are like this. I am a Catholic and just because one ridiculous person behaved this way does not mean we are all unfair and critical. I went a Catholic school and they never said anything about being gay except that God loves everyone and everyone needs to be treated with respect. Of course I am not excusing any of this behavior but I know some people out there think we are all like this. Also, are the Duggars Catholic? I don’t live in the US so I don’t know all the details about them…