In what is likely one of the weirdest pairings possible, Ellen DeGeneres was spotted palling around with former president George W. Bush at a football game in Texas. Now Ellen is standing up to a Twitter mob and defending her choice of friendship after plenty of criticism.
I don’t know that I would have ever seen this one coming. I’m not sure even the best psychic reader on the planet saw it coming. Ellen DeGeneres says that she’s friends with George W. Bush. Yes, that George W. Bush who supported banning same-sex marriage when he was in office!
The pair were seen laughing it up together while attending a Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday. Also in attendance were their wives, Laura Bush and Portia de Rossi.
But Ellen isn’t saying that the two couples just happened to end up sitting next to each other or that they simply have mutual friends. She is actually claiming that her and Bush are good friends.
Footage of the two together led to some pretty strong reactions from the public, with many tweeting what they thought about it. Ellen went to Twitter, where she addressed the controversy by tweeting a video of an almost 4-minute monologue that she did on her show.
Being the comedian that she is, of course she made jokes to lighten the mood, but Ellen also took the time to explain why her and her wife Portia were even at the game to begin with.
According to Ellen, they were invited by Charlotte Jones, who is the daughter of Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. They attended the game because they “wanted to keep up with the Joneses,” obviously.
She then addressed the issue at hand, that “people were upset.”
“They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?” Ellen asked, adding, “A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad… they tweet.”
Ellen claims that she believes everyone should be kind to one another, and not just to those that think the same way. She says that not sharing the same beliefs as someone doesn’t mean that she won’t be friends with them.
“Be kind to everyone,” she reminded her fans.
The Bushes apparently feel the same way about Ellen. Freddy Ford, Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, said in a statement on behalf of the Bushes, “President and Mrs. Bush really enjoyed being with Ellen and Portia, and they appreciated Ellen’s comments about respecting one another. They respect her.”