Ellen Degeneres fired back at online critics after the internet went abuzz over photos of herself hanging out with former President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game.
After photos surfaced of her chatting with Bush in Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones’ box, social media users called out the comedy talk show host for being friendly with a former president that seemed at odds with her beliefs.
In response to the internet backlash, Degeneres displayed some incredible class with a perfect response. She said on a clip from Tuesday’s show of “The Ellen Degeneres” show that people should be “kind to everyone,” including those with whom they disagree.
“So this weekend, I went to Dallas for the Cowboys game. And it may not seem like a big deal for a celebrity to attend a football game, but I never leave my house. So it is a big deal,” Ellen began. “So there were a hundred thousand people in this stadium. Portia and I were invited by Charlotte Jones – she’s the daughter of Jerry Jones, who owns the Dallas Cowboys.”
“So I gotta say, when we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded by people with different views and beliefs,” she continued. “But during the game, they showed a shot of George and me laughing together, so people were upset. They thought why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president. A lot of people were mad, and they did what people do when they’re mad: they tweet.”
Despite tons of negative tweets about her, Ellen shared a particular tweet that she loved:
“Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.”
Ellen then noted that she is friends with people who share different viewpoints than her
“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,” Ellen said. “We’re all different, and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s okay, that we’re all different.”
“For instance, I wish people wouldn’t wear fur. I don’t like it, but I’m friends with people who wear fur,” DeGeneres continued. “But 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.”