Ellen DeGeneres pushed back against those who criticized her for attending a football game with former President George W. Bush.
On Sunday, DeGeneres joined Charlotte Jones — who’s father Jerry Jones owns the Dallas Cowboys — in their suite to watch the game between the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers.
Jones’ suite hosted many celebrities, including former President Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush. During the game, the NFL televised a clip of DeGeneres and Bush laughing together during the game.
President George W. Bush and Ellen Degeneres at the Cowboys Packers game today pic.twitter.com/b1gxkXnc4G
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 6, 2019
Several people were outraged that DeGeneres sat near Bush at a football game. They took to Twitter to call her out for sitting with the former president.
Just Ellen Degeneres hanging out with her buddy George W. Bush who slaughtered over a million human beings by launching an illegal war against #Iraq on a pack of lies. How adorable. https://t.co/OmUiva0qkG
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) October 7, 2019
That picture of George W. Bush with Ellen reminds me of this line from my book pic.twitter.com/PDZdIorQTh
— Charlie Nash (@CharlieNash) October 7, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres laughing it up with someone who has actively tried to harm our community feels disappointing, irresponsible, and dangerous. https://t.co/tgGfmCGQ5A
— Out Magazine (@outmagazine) October 7, 2019
On her show Monday, DeGeneres called out those criticizing her decision. She claimed that Americans needed to be reminded that it’s “okay” to have friends with different values.
Watch DeGeneres’ clip below:
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
“During the game, they showed a shot of George and me laughing together. And so people were upset. They thought, why is a gay, Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president? Didn’t even notice I’m holding the brand new iPhone 11. But a lot of people were mad and they did what people do when they’re mad: they tweet. But here’s one tweet that I loved: ‘Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.’
Here’s the thing: 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 we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different.”
DeGeneres added, “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.”
Overall, DeGeneres’ message was warmly received, though there were some that didn’t seem to agree with her point.
This just put the biggest smile on my face 🙂 https://t.co/UDHQCFF3IV
— Carley Shimkus (@CarleyShimkus) October 8, 2019
This is so wholesome it actually made me tear up.
I love so many people in my life with whom I disagree in some way or another, and it would break my heart if we couldn't be friends or family because of our differences.
Thank you, Ellen. https://t.co/1ytgz9Oxik
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) October 8, 2019
We are now at the point where Ellen has to publicly explain why she – "gay Hollywood liberal" – was sitting next to George W. Bush – "conservative Republican president" – at the Cowboys game. And she handles it so beautifully. https://t.co/9luG06HeFN
— Caroline Overington (@overingtonc) October 8, 2019
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.
He fought for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
And the Iraq War, which was based on a lie, killed millions. https://t.co/N3I36QDlZQ
— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 8, 2019
Bush seems to be able to cross party lines to make friendships with ease, as his friendship with former First Lady Michelle Obama is well documented.