‘I’m Friends With George Bush’: Ellen DeGeneres Pushes Back on Critics Upset That She Went to a Game With Bush

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.

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.

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:

“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.

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.

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