Ellen DeGeneres Defends Friendship with George W. Bush After NFL Game Spotting
Ellen DeGeneres defended her friendship with George W. Bush after the two were spotted chatting at an NFL game.
Ellen DeGeneres defended her friendship with George W. Bush.
The daytime talk show host faced criticism when she was spotted laughing with the former president while seated beside each other at the Cowboys/Packers game on October 6. The two were joined by their spouses, Portia de Rossi and former first lady Laura Bush.
“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,” she explained on the Ellen Show.
Public figures and social media users criticized DeGeneres for being friendly with Bush given his record as president, which includes the Iraq War and opposition to same-sex marriage.
“Why are Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush watching the Cowboys-packers game together?” @Adamblerner stated online. “Has she forgotten about that whole anti-gay marriage, war in Iraq, general incompetence thing?”
In a video posted to Twitter on October 7, DeGeneres explained “the whole story,” saying Bush is her “friend.”
In the video, which has been viewed more than 6 million times, DeGeneres says she and de Rossi were invited to the game by Charlotte Jones Anderson, the daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. She didn’t respond to any specific criticisms in her explanation video.
“We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s ok, that we’re all different,” she stated. “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. Doesn’t matter.”
Her explanation triggered a range of reactions, from those calling the friendship “Class Solidarity” to others saying she should never have to apologize for who she sits next to at a sporting event.
“You shouldn’t have to apologize for sitting next to anyone as a guest in a suite, that ‘all or nothing’ approach of todays fringe (on both sides),” David Rodriguez tweeted. “America is diverse and all people deserve kindness and respect.