Celebs clash with each other over Ellen Degeneres’ right to be friends with George W. Bush

Ellen DeGeneres has caused a debate among leftist celebrities after she was pictured hanging out with former Republican President George W. Bush.

DeGeneres attended a Dallas Cowboys game with Bush over the weekend, and many leftists are making it clear that they believe one should not interact with people they disagree with.

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“I have friends who don’t think the same things that I do,” DeGeneres said after backlash dropped from her spending time with the former president. “When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people who think the same way you do, I mean be kind to everyone.”

DeGeneres’ wife, actress Portia De Rossi, and former First Lady Laura Bush were also in attendance at the game.

Actress Susan Sarandon blasted DeGeneres and accused Bush of being a “war criminal.”

“Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo also blasted the coming together of a liberal and conservative.

“Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars—emotional & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness,” he tweeted. It’s unclear if Ruffalo also wants to see Obama brought to justice for continuing efforts in the Middle East.

Some celebrities actually spoke up and defended DeGeneres, and were swiftly attacked by detractors.

“Thank you for this important reminder, Ellen!” “Legally Blonde” actress Reese Witherspoon wrote to DeGeneres defending her friendship with Bush. She later deleted this tweet.

Actress Kristin Bell posted a picture to Instagram of Bush and Degeneres side-by-side and praised DeGeneres for her friendship. She was also swiftly attacked.

“Why are celebs using this as an opportunity to let their privilege jump out,” one commenter wrote.

“He orchestrated an unnecessary war that killed thousands and supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation and is anti-gay marriage. Yes it’s important to have relationships with people who don’t only agree with you, but it is absurd to frame it this way,” another said.

“Delete this,” demanded another.

“Oof. Nope. Differing opinions is one thing. An opinion that intentionally oppresses or harms another life? NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. You’re better than this,” another said.

Witherspoon was also accused of “privilege,” a go-to argument for leftists.

“The privilege reeks. There are thousands of people in the middle east that don’t get to be friends with people with ‘different views’ because they’re dead thanks to him. And he spent his presidency trying to strip away LGBT rights, so nah. This monologue is pure class privilege,” one person wrote to the actress.

The Bushes said they “respect” DeGeneres through a spokesperson and appreciated her standing up for the friendship.

“President and Mrs. Bush really enjoyed being with Ellen and Portia [de Rossi] and appreciated Ellen’s comments about respecting one another. They respect her,” Bush’s spokesman told Fox News.

This response to DeGeneres shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering we live in a world where people are literally calling for conservatives to be blacklisted in places like Hollywood.

While leftist celebrities can’t seem to agree, plenty of others have shown messages of support to the act of reaching across the aisle and keeping personal relationships with people you happen to disagree with politically.

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