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Ellen DeGeneres Hits Back at Criticism for Sitting With ‘Friend’ George Bush: ‘It’s OK That We’re Different’

Ellen DeGeneres has defended her determination to take a seat and snigger with former President George W. Bush at a soccer recreation on Sunday after photographs of the 2 collectively sparked anger on social media.

The host of Ellen mentioned folks had “forgotten it’s OK that we’re all different,” and refused to keep away from being mates with individuals who had totally different views to her.

DeGeneres additionally mentioned her time with Bush on the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers recreation on Sunday was “so fun” and described the previous president as a pal in an effort to pour chilly water on Twitter outrage.

Several widely-shared feedback about DeGeneres’ chumminess with Bush centered on the Bush-led invasion of Iraq and the 1000’s of civilian deaths that resulted.

Speaking to her viewers in an Ellen clip shared on Twitter at this time, DeGeneres mentioned she and her associate Portia de Rossi have been invited to observe the Cowboys-Packers recreation by Charlotte Jones, the daughter of Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones.

“When we were invited, I knew that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs,” DeGeneres mentioned. “I’m not talking about politics. I was rooting for the Packers, and get this, everybody in the Cowboys’ suite was rooting for the Cowboys.”

The host went on to joke that she secretly cheered each time the Packers scored and “every time another whistleblower came forward,” earlier than addressing the flak she acquired for sitting subsequent to Bush.

Yes, that was me on the Cowboys recreation with George W. Bush over the weekend. Here’s the entire story. pic.twitter.com/AYiwY5gTIS

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenPresent) October 8, 2019

DeGeneres mentioned: “During the sport they confirmed a shot of George and me laughing collectively. And, so folks have been upset. They thought, why is a homosexual Hollywood liberal sitting subsequent to a conservative Republican president? Didn’t even discover I’m holding the brand new iPhone 11.

“But lots of people have been mad and so they did what folks do once they’re mad, they tweet.”

She then introduced up a tweet on display from Twitter user Matthew_Oooo, who has 464 followers, that learn: “Ellen and George Bush collectively makes me place confidence in America once more.” She applauded the put up together with her viewers.

“I’m mates with George Bush. In truth, I’m mates with lots of people who do not share the identical beliefs that I’ve,” she said. “We’re all totally different and I believe we have forgotten that it is OK that we’re all totally different.”

After saying she did not like sporting fur however was mates with individuals who wore fur, and joked that she was mates with “individuals who ought to tweeze extra,” DeGeneres added she would not keep away from being mates with folks as a result of they do not agree on the whole lot.

“When I say be sort to 1 one other, I do not imply solely the people who assume the identical means you do,” she said. “I imply be sort to everybody.”

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