Ellen DeGeneres is defending herself after catching some flak over the weekend for chumming it up with former President George W. Bush at the Dallas Cowboys game.
After photos surfaced of her laughing with Bush in Cowboyâ€™s owner Jerry Jonesâ€™s box, many on social media wondered why the talk show host, a gay woman, would be friendly with a former president who called for a constitutional ban on gay marriage, among other policy positions that seem at odds with her beliefs.
DeGeneres addressed the backlash in a clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying, â€œHereâ€™s the thing â€” Iâ€™m friends with George Bush. In fact, Iâ€™m friends with a lot of people who donâ€™t share the same beliefs that I have. Weâ€™re all different, and I think weâ€™ve forgotten that thatâ€™s okay, that weâ€™re all different.
â€œFor instance, I wish people wouldnâ€™t wear fur. I donâ€™t like it, but Iâ€™m friends with people who wear fur,â€ DeGeneres continued, joking that she has friends who are â€œfurryâ€ and need to tweeze. â€œBut just because I donâ€™t agree with someone on everything, doesnâ€™t mean that Iâ€™m not going to be friends with them. When I say be kind to one another, I donâ€™t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.â€
Earlier in the segment, DeGeneres said she was invited to the game by Jonesâ€™s daughter, Charlotte. She also showed a video she took herself from the game that featured Bush and his wife Laura, two of Jonesâ€™ â€œfancy friendsâ€ that he had invited, smiling and laughing next to her. In reference to the social media response to the photos, DeGeneres said that people â€œdid what people do when theyâ€™re mad â€” they tweet.â€
â€œPeople were upset. They thought, â€˜Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?’â€ she added. â€œBut hereâ€™s one tweet that I loved: this person says, â€˜Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.’â€
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