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Catholic School Sends Invites with Ellen DeGeneres's Photo, Recants, Promises to Destroy Them


A Catholic school principal in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has apologized to parents for sending a student-dance invitation featuring a photo of Ellen DeGeneres. reports:

It was "completely wrong" to use DeGeneres' picture because the lesbian celebrity "lives her life outside the teachings of the Catholic Church," St. Andrew Elementary School principal Nancy Matteo wrote in an email to parents on Tuesday.


In the email, Matteo says she was "obviously NOT thinking" when she let the invitation to the June 8 dance be distributed with DeGeneres’ photo.

"Perhaps I was distracted by the Oscar," she wrote, calling the entertainer a "poor role model."

"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.," the email says. "This does not describe her at all. We work so hard to be good role models and then I go and do something stupid!"

Matteo said that she wants all students to return their invites so that she can personally detroy them.

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  1. Why am I not surprised at what this moron looks like?

    Posted by: kdknyc | May 25, 2014 8:16:57 AM

  2. this woman is also not a role model, nor does she live by the teaching of the catholic faith. she's guilty of gluttony.

    Posted by: dan | May 25, 2014 8:25:30 AM

  3. It is Pennsylvania, what do you expect? Isn't Gluttony one of the Seven Deadly Sins as the RCC has declared?

    Posted by: Jerry | May 25, 2014 8:50:05 AM

  4. Is Gluttony a good example for the kids? I'm fairly certain that's frowned upon.

    Posted by: Sean | May 25, 2014 8:53:58 AM

  5. How did she miss the big dyke behind the Oscar?

    Posted by: snork | May 25, 2014 8:57:34 AM

  6. I guess it would have been okay to use Sarah Palin's pic. So sad.

    Posted by: Matt27 | May 25, 2014 9:28:49 AM

  7. Never mind that she should not be using the likeness of a celebrity to advertise or endorse an event without that celebrity's permission. Ellen could sue the school for violating her rights of publicity, but she's too nice to do that.

    What this woman did was illegal, but who cares, right? What matters is that Ellen is a LESBIAN.... *GASP*

    Posted by: atomic | May 25, 2014 9:28:50 AM

  8. Of course the principal never mentions that it was wrong for her catholic school to steal the copyrighted photo in the first place.

    Apparently theft is no longer a sin.

    Posted by: Tatts | May 25, 2014 9:55:34 AM

  9. I think lots of people, even lots of Catholics would find Ellen a role model in a great many things.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | May 25, 2014 10:00:20 AM

  10. here's hoping the owner of the image's copyright - takes this fat slob and her school to court
    especially like that she will personally destroy them - every one with her little fattie hands -

    Posted by: captain underpants | May 25, 2014 10:03:04 AM

  11. Seriously, how many idiotic things have to happen thru this "church" before people abandon it completely?

    If this is the idiot leadership of the school, would anyone want their kid taught there?

    Posted by: pete n sfo | May 25, 2014 10:10:24 AM

  12. The Oscar is also a copyrighted image. If Ellen doesn't sue, maybe the motion picture academy will.

    What will happen to the children who don't return the invitation?

    Posted by: jpeckjr | May 25, 2014 10:13:54 AM

  13. The principal should have left it all alone. What she's doing in apologizing and recalling the invitation just calls attention to the whole thing.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | May 25, 2014 10:16:14 AM

  14. Hey! If I had one of those invites, I'd hold onto it for dear life. In a few years you're gonna see one of these on eBay for $500.00. And Ms. Matteo will still be standing in the Weight Watchers parking lot wondering "What the hell happened".

    Posted by: I wont grow up | May 25, 2014 10:17:11 AM

  15. Wow, folks.... The woman's weight control issues are irrelevant to the actions here, and might I suggest that bringing it up is pretty catty and small minded ? This is another person representing the Catholic Church as a Theology of Hate. That's the issue I would think. The new Pope seems to be trying to take the church in a different direction, but it's taking some people an awfully long time to get with the program.

    Posted by: norseman | May 25, 2014 10:59:37 AM

  16. "life outside the teachings of the Catholic Church"? That is what sensible people do. Catholicism is a disease.

    Posted by: Joel | May 25, 2014 11:28:46 AM

  17. wow! Maybe Ms. Matteo should start a bond fire to burn these supposed "disgraced" invites! A lot of hulabaloo over nothing! Ellen is a very successful star, who is more philanthropic on one of her shows, than most people in their lifetime.......

    Posted by: Bernie | May 25, 2014 12:09:20 PM

  18. I daresay Ms DeGeneres has saved more gay kids' lives with her positive attitude & influence. Ms DeGeneres IS a role model for me & I'm in my sixties. How many gay kids has Ms Matteo saved? How many schools has she invigorated with help from her sponsors who donate millions every year to help folks who are in need? Or how many kids has Ms Matteo destroyed with her incredible insensitivity? A photo is a bad role model? No, Matteo IS!

    Posted by: DamFine | May 25, 2014 1:10:40 PM

  19. Norseman...pull your head out of your butt. The catholic church IS a theology of hate.
    And gluttony is a "sin"...remember?

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 25, 2014 1:12:50 PM

  20. Indeed the definition of role model DOES describe Ellen. Nancy Matteo is so blindly bigoted that she can't see it. Apparently giving gay kids hope for a future, and trying to stop gay kids from killing themselves, broadcasting from an international platform as a beloved host doesn't constitute being a good role model to this [principal of all things!].

    I have one thing to say to Nancy Matteo. It comes from the same book she uses to justify discriminating against gays.
    So grab a sharp knife, put it to your quadruple chin, and start slicing b****!

    Posted by: BestBrand | May 25, 2014 1:55:36 PM

  21. In Bucks County, no less! (It's gayer than 90% of the country, population wise and includes New Hope, a huge gay getaway destination.) Oops.
    Trying no to be mean, but I can't resist pointing out that she might be confusing "role" with "roll."

    Posted by: mikedc | May 25, 2014 1:55:44 PM

  22. Proverbs 23:2..."And put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite". Or better yet...let me help you with that Nancy!

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 25, 2014 2:10:38 PM

  23. Hey Norseman, I'm with ya! I find it really objectionable when writers trash someone over their physical appearance. It's just wrong.

    Most of these fools that earn an entry on T-road, have done so by their dumb actions or ignorance; trash that, not their physical appearance. It's too easy & should be beneath us.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | May 25, 2014 3:07:47 PM

  24. Yes because a multimillionaire is such a bad role model.

    Posted by: Tom | May 25, 2014 3:27:47 PM

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