Catholic Principal Apologizes Over 'Poor Role Model' Ellen DeGeneres
Because school used celeb's image on dance invitation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2014 6:15 PM CDT
Ellen DeGeneres hosts the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Let's see, Ellen DeGeneres likes to dance, and she also likes to host the Oscars. So it kind of made sense when an elementary school near Philadelphia sent out invitations for an Oscar-themed dance innocently adorned with photos of the celeb. Except: The school is Catholic and its principal remembered belatedly that DeGeneres is gay and thus a "poor role model" for students, reports Nancy Matteo of St. Andrew's school in Newtown issued an email of apology to parents asking for "every single invitation" to be returned so she can "personally destroy them."

"A role model, as defined by Webster's Dictionary, is a person who is unusually effective or inspiring in some social role, job, position, etc.," she wrote. "This does not describe her at all. We work so hard to be good role models and then I go and do something stupid!" The LA Times, lamenting in its headline that "you can't be happy in Iran, you can't be gay Pennsylvania," suspects that Matteo is going to regret this move far more than the original invitation.

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May 23, 2014 5:44 PM CDT
These knee-jerk people... I tell you! Ellen has been everybody's funny sweetheart for years and years. She makes us laugh, even though she, at times, might have been exceedingly unhappy with her personal life, trying to please others. But she made us laugh. What good is she? Well, she's very attractive to look at, she has a wonderful sparkle in her eyes, and that little dance she does is contagious. She loves her audiences. Let's see... what else? She has given away to the needy more than that high-school principal will probably make in her lifetime 100,000 times over. Ellen is a role model for many reasons, including her refusal to live a lie. How could that be viewed as bad influence? Oh, I just love the fact that Ellen also is a cover girl! How versatile is that?
Charles P
May 22, 2014 11:39 AM CDT
This is the same church that COVERED UP WIDE SPREAD CHILD MOLESTATION FOR OVER 70 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 22, 2014 11:02 AM CDT
Catholics (and any other religious groups who think homosexuality is a sin) ought to get with the times. Religion needs to be more accepting of everyone . It is a double standard ...we are supposed to 'love one another', but condemn homosexuals... That is not loving one another.