Ellen Defended Her Friendship With George Bush After She Was Criticized For Sitting With Him At Football Game
Ellen DeGeneres clapped back at criticizers on her show earlier this week. The talk show host had been spotted sitting and laughing with Former POTUS George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game over the weekend. Some people bashed Ellen for mingling with someone who has opposing views and values as her.
Ellen made sure she addressed the complaints on her show on Tuesday. Speaking to her audience she said, “So this weekend, I went to Dallas for the Cowboys game.” She explained how she and her wife, Portia, were invited by the owner of the Dallas Cowboys’ daughter. “So we get to sit in this very fancy suite because he owns the whole place. And he’s got fancy friends… Take a look.” Ellen shows her audience a video she took at the game.
In the video, as she is panning around showing who is sitting next to her she turns the camera sharply to show George W. Bush sitting to her right making a funny face at her before she flips the camera around so the two can take a smiling selfie.
“I was aware that I was going to be surrounded by people from very different views and beliefs,” Ellen said. The comedian then joked that she was rooting for the packers having to hide her cheese hat while in the Cowboys’ suite. However, Ellen began to get serious as she explained that during the game a shot of Bush and Ellen laughing together was shown on T.V. “People were upset,” Ellen said. “They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?" - Ellen answered the question in the best way.
“I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s OK that we’re all different. For instance, I wish people wouldn’t wear fur. I don’t like it, but I’m friends with people who wear fur.”
She then went on to continue:
"But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them. When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter."
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