WATCH: JC Penney Ad's Gay Dads Speak Out
Happy Father's Day, indeed!
June 06 2012 1:39 PM EST
February 05 2015 9:27 PM EST
Cooper Smith and Ted Koch, the gay dad's featured in some of J.C. Penney's most recent ads, have spoken out against the criticism they've received from conservative groups, saying that the store wanted to reflect "real life families". The ad--which features Smith and Koch playing with their two adopted children--was released in time for Father's Day, with a statement from the store saying, "We're proud that our June book honors men from diverse backrounds who all share the joy of fatherhood."
The couple agrees, with Smith saying, "That photo is actually a true second of our lives, just having fun, playing with our kids and the affection and love we have for them."
Much of the criticism has come from the supposed family advocacy group One Million Moms, the same group that has heavily criticized JC Penney in recent months for featuring lesbian parents and Ellen DeGeneres in its advertising campaigns. However, despite all the sound and fury caused by critics, Koch seems to summarize the issue best when describing one of the primary responses he's recieved, with most people asking them, "What's the big deal?"