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Well, well, well… quite the unlikely duo, I must say! In a way, it was deeply heart-warming to witness individuals hanging out who have such polarizing political views. And not just plainly being next to one another and breathing the same air, but also genuinely enjoying themselves. There was actually footage of the two chatting, showing one another their phones (probably not political memes about gay rights, guys, c’mon now), and sharing some laughs as well.
Check out this tweet, showing a picture of the pair laughing –
Ellen defends laughing it up with George W. Bush at Cowboys game: “Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean I’m not going to be friends with them” https://t.co/7USlfLGs81
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 8, 2019
I’ll admit that I wasn’t the happiest clam when Ellen explicitly stated she would never have President Trump on her show. However, this occurrence with GWB was reassuring at best.
“’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,’ DeGeneres said.
‘We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,’ she added.”
However, people were not so willing to accept this incredibly diverse pair enjoying themselves. Honestly, to suggest that someone has a character flaw for hanging out with a political adversary is deplorable.
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
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
Why are Ellen Degeneres and George W. Bush watching the Cowboys-packers game together? Has she forgotten about that whole anti-gay marriage, war in Iraq, general incompetence thing?
— Adam B. Lerner (@AdamBLerner) October 6, 2019
Can’t say I’m surprised that people are reacting as severely as they are…
Just because I disagree with Hitler on the Jewish Question doesn't mean I'm not going to have a nice time with him at the sports game
— Smarter & Scarier than Every Economist 🏴 👻 (@HandleOfRy) October 8, 2019
He’s a war criminal, Ellen — responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people. And he opposed same sex marriage, as if the deaths of all those people weren’t enough. This is disturbing and sad.
— Phil Jimenez (@Philjimeneznyc) October 8, 2019
“DeGeneres said: ‘When I say be kind to one another I don’t mean only the people that think the same way you do.’”
Ellen is certainly one of my favorite people but I do wonder if she’ll ever change her mind about having Donald Trump on her show 😉
Only kind of kidding… however, through their portrayal of tolerance, I do hope this sort of diverse acceptance, one of the very principles our Founders invested in, bleeds into other spectrums of diversity. Perhaps this will positively influence other liberals out of their “my way or the highway” tendencies.
Lastly, I’m just going to leave this little tidbit here for your own evaluation… I don’t recall hearing much about this… just saying –
To be fair, we don’t hold Obama’s accountable either. pic.twitter.com/67kEvLI87L
— Tania Singh (@TwinklingTania) October 8, 2019