Over the weekend, LGBTQ and LGBTQ-adjacent Twitter erupted in fury over a paparazzi pic that showed Ellen Degeneres and George W Bush laughing together in Jerry Jones‘ owner’s box at AT&T Stadium … with most everybody wondering why a gay Hollywood liberal was sitting next to a conservative, anti-gay Republican
war criminal president?
She took to her show yesterday to explain:
Said DeGeneres: “When we were invited, I was aware that we were going to be surrounded by many other people from different views and beliefs. … During the game they showed a shot of Georgeand me laughing together and people were upset.
“Here’s the thing. I’m friends with George Bush,” she added. “In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different. … Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them. When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t only mean only the people who think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”
Here’s the thing, Ellen, George W. Bush is a war criminal who is responsible for death on a cataclysmic scale. It’s not a matter of being friends with people with different beliefs—we all have those friends—it’s about having a little perspective on the damage he’s done. https://t.co/7FJTqPEfb8— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) October 8, 2019
This man’s administration oversaw the systematic torture and abuse of indefinitely detained brown individuals. He destabilized an entire region of the world and men, women, and children are still dying for his arrogance. He eroded civil liberties in ways we may never reverse.— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) October 8, 2019
And of course, he presided over a massive upward transfer of wealth. These are just some of the wrongs Bush did to this country. For you to sit in a VIP section and have a “so fun” afternoon with him was completely tone deaf. To call him a friend on national television was worse.— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) October 8, 2019
and via the comment section in Towleroad:
He doesn’t just “disagree with you” and have “different beliefs” than you Ellen. He worked tirelessly to make your marriage and mine and millions of others UNCONSTITUTIONAL, simply to promote his political career! Something he has never apologized for or even acknowledged. A lot of people had “different beliefs” on the issue of same sex marriage, but not all of them tried to turn their beliefs into a constitutional prohibition of our rights. It’s not just about YOU Ellen. It really angers me how you obfuscate this situation and make it sound like those of us who hold him accountable aren’t kind or forgiving or open minded.
This isn’t the first time she’s pulled this homophobe enabling crap. She seems to be making a habit of it. I’ve always liked her but she’s losing me.
Here is the problem with Ellen’s opinion: Dubya is not a minority, he is not discriminated against, he is is not denied services because of who he is. But he IS someone who discriminates against minorities, and he does not support gay marriage or gay rights. When a gay person is friends with a person who discriminates against them, it allows them to justify their hate. Thats why people like Trump and Santorum say they have gay friends so it’s ok that when they don’t support gay rights.