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.
“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.”
“But missing the point entirely, DeGeneres framed the issue as simply a matter of her hanging out with someone with different opinions, not a man repeatedly accused of being a war criminal.” https://t.co/OCyYEfNRQl
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) October 8, 2019
“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.
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. https://t.co/dpMwfck6su
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 9, 2019
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.
Ok let’s put it simply. The Bush family are reptilians from another planet. Ellen isn’t but wants to be. They went to a football game and fed off the anxiety and stress of the players/fans. They converted that fear into energy. They are eating your tweets. They are well fed. See?
— Tim Dillon (@TimJDillon) October 10, 2019
GW Bush is every white man who has committed unspeakable crimes and walks away as the all American hero.
Ellen DeGeneres is every white woman who makes it possible.
— saira rao (@sairasameerarao) October 9, 2019
me to all the celebs that tweeted in support of Ellen humanizing Bush pic.twitter.com/iiT2oM7cbS
— Jason Rosenberg (@mynameisjro) October 9, 2019
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.
Thank you Ellen. America is freedom! the ability to have differences without the hate.
Unfortunately a lot of us go through this everyday, very sad! We are better than This!
God Bless America.
— Hazelnut8657 (@hazelnut8657) October 10, 2019
I have a lot more respect for Ellen now.
— Matthew B. (@BehneMatthew) October 10, 2019
First, I’m not an Ellen fan but I applaud/respect anyone who is willing to realize that we are ALL Americans first. Party designation is only a subset of policies/beliefs that we may differ on. She showed a HUMAN quality in being herself and setting politics aside as they should.
— Jeffrey Maniff (@jsman24) October 10, 2019
I have so much respect for you reaching across political lines to defend another member of the LGBTQ community
— Sex Wax Poindexter (@ADogNamedReefer) October 10, 2019
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