On October 6, 2019, Ellen DeGeneres was pictured at a Dallas Cowboys football game with her wife, Portia de Rossi. This caused an eruption of outrage all over the country, not because of Ellen’s attendance to the game, but, rather, who she was sitting next to.
A photo submerged of the couple sitting and conversing with former President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in a private booth at the game. In this photo, both Ellen and President Bush are shown to be laughing with one another. This did not sit well with many Americans, some of which took to Twitter to post their opinions. Apparently, two people of vastly different views and backgrounds are not allowed to talk to one another.
In response to the uproar, DeGeneres posted a clip of her talk show on Twitter where she discusses the controversy and gives her side of the story. In the video, she talks about her invitation to the game from Charlotte Jones, the daughter of the Dallas Cowboys owner.
“People were upset,” she stated, “They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?”
According to DeGeneres, when Americans are mad about something, they tweet about it, indicating that she was not at all surprised about the Twitter mob that emerged after the photo went viral.
It is unclear what angry Twitter users were expecting Ellen to do in the situation—whether they wanted her to move seats or ignore the former U.S. President. According to her statement, DeGeneres knew people of varying beliefs would be present at the game, which did not seem to bother her in the slightest.
“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 explained, “We’re all different. And I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s OK that we’re all different.”
Ellen used the example of her dislike for wearing fur, but not letting that stop her from being friends with other people that do wear fur.
In the mass amounts of negative tweets that focused on this controversy, Ellen pointed out one that she agreed with. One person posted, “Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.” This tweet elicited heavy applause from Ellen’s audience.
Despite Ellen’s urge to be kind to everyone, some people still took issue with this unconventional friendship. Various tweets surfaced, calling out Degeneres for being friends with a “war criminal” like President Bush.
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