Gay Hollywood Liberal Defends Her Friendship With Conservative Republican President
A gay Hollywood liberal was pictured Sunday with a conservative Republican president. The internet exploded.
Ellen DeGeneres, the famed daytime talk show host, and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, were invited to a Dallas Cowboys game by Charlotte Jones, daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Former president George W. Bush, who has a home in Dallas, also attended, sitting in the owners box.
Twitter blew up, with liberals shaming her for sitting next to Bush.
But DeGeneres fired back.
“People were upset,” DeGeneres says in a segment set to air on her show Tuesday. “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.”
She explains that people can be friends, even if they have differing views on politics.
“I’m friends with George Bush,” DeGeneres said. “In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have.”
DeGeneres joked that she knew before she went that there would people there with different views.
“When we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs. And I’m not talking about politics… I was rooting for the Packers,” DeGeneres said. “So I had to hide my cheese hat in Portia’s purse.”
And she added that people should simply be more kind.
“Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” she said. “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.”
Bush’s spokesman, Freddy Ford, told Fox News exclusively on Tuesday: “President and Mrs. Bush really enjoyed being with Ellen and Portia (de Rossi) and appreciated Ellen’s comments about respecting one another. They respect her. “
Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush over the weekend. Here’s the whole story. pic.twitter.com/AYiwY5gTIS
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 8, 2019