Ellen Defends Herself for Sitting Next to George W. Bush
f you tuned into the Dallas Cowboys/ Green Bay Packers game on Sunday you may have seen two familiar faces sitting together in the crowd. That was former President George W Bush and daytime TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. While the “conservative Republican president” and the “gay Hollywood liberal”, as she described the pair, may seem like opposites, they looked to be having a great time together, chatting and laughing, when the TV cameras caught them.
For many, the sight of two famous people who have wildly different political ideologies having a laugh was a welcome sight in today’s polarized political climate. There were others though who too to social media to attack the pair. This was especially true of liberals who turned on their comrade, Ellen.
The attacks were so pervasive that Ellen felt the need to put out a video explaining the situation on Monday, a day before the clip would come out on TV. In the clip, the host said that “just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean I am not going to be friends with them. When I say be kind to one another I don’t mean only the people who think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”
Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush over the weekend. Here’s the whole story. pic.twitter.com/AYiwY5gTIS— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 8, 2019
Even after putting out the uplifting video where she shared her message of togetherness, liberals continued to attack the comedian for being friendly with someone whom they have so much hate for.
It appears many of you may be genuinely unaware that insiders said NOBODY worked harder to get Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court than George W. Bush.— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 8, 2019
He fought for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
And the Iraq War, which was based on a lie, killed millions.
Okay also George Bush is a war criminal and Ellen is canceled.— 🕸 Undead Xeni Jardin 🦇 (@xeni) October 8, 2019
I don’t care how nice of a guy George W Bush is. He was one of our worst presidents and left our country and world in bad shape. The mess he helped create we’re still trying to dig out of. This is a bad look for @TheEllenShow. https://t.co/FMYgpbrq6A— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 7, 2019
However, it was not all vicious liberal attacks on social media. Many took the image of the two sitting together as a hopeful sign for the country and were inspired by two people with radically different viewpoints sitting together and taking in a football game.
I’m a 26 year old conservative so I have A LOT of liberal friends. Not once have I thought to not be friends with them because of our differing beliefs. This is an amazing message that everyone needs to hear and be reminded of! I ❤️ Ellen #bekind— Alyssa Ahlgren (@AlyssaRuza) October 8, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres is sitting next to George Dubya at a football game and that’s the America I want to live in. pic.twitter.com/4t213lk3im— Brent Wainscott (@BrentWainscott_) October 6, 2019
Most people want to be like Ellen and George Bush.— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) October 8, 2019
We are all exhausted by the constant hatred and anger and hostility of the cultural warriors.
Ellen Degeneres and George Bush are friends, and that's what it looks like when we respect differences and embrace commonalities.— Kelly (@kimtopher22) October 8, 2019
We need more of that.