Ellen DeGeneres has discovered herself on the middle of a raging controversy.
After being photographed at a Dallas Cowboys soccer recreation with former President George W. Bush this previous weekend, DeGeneres, 61, took warmth on Twitter for spending time with somebody on the reverse finish of the political spectrum.
She adopted up with a press release on her present saying: “I am buddies with George Bush. The truth is, I am buddies with lots of people who do not share the identical beliefs that I’ve. We’re all totally different and I believe that we have forgotten that that is okay that we’re all totally different … however simply because I do not agree with somebody on every little thing doesn’t suggest that I am not going to be buddies with them.”
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Since then, a number of celebrities and public figures have voiced their opinions concerning the subject, and people views are combined.
Actress Reese Witherspoon voiced her help for DeGeneres in a since-deleted tweet, thanking DeGeneres for her “necessary reminder.”
Kristen Bell, star of NBC’s “The Good Place,” shared a side-by-side photograph of DeGeneres and Bush, 73, with the caption: “She’s my 👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑”
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Each posts drew largely damaging responses from commenters, some calling for the posts to be deleted, saying that the actresses had been “privileged” and calling Bush dangerous to the Center East and the LGBTQ group.
In the meantime, Bell’s husband, Dax Shepard, responded to Ellen’s tweet with “PREACH!”
Nation singers Blake Shelton, John Wealthy and Kelsea Ballerini additionally voiced their help.
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Shelton tweeted: “Amen @TheEllenShow… Thanks for saying this,” whereas Wealthy sarcastically thanked Hollywood for telling individuals who they “can/cannot be buddies with.”
Ballerini retweeted DeGeneres’ rebuttal with “watch this,” adopted by a coronary heart emoji.
Different celebrities who expressed help for DeGeneres included Oscar winner Jaime Foxx, actress Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani, Scooter Braun, Piers Morgan and “Jersey Shore” co-star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.
The controversy additionally got here up throughout Thursday’s episode of “The View,” and co-host Abby Huntsman stated when she noticed the video, “I did not spend my Saturday tweeting out …we needs to be spending that point with our kids, with our household or, heaven forbid, buddies which may assume in a different way than we do…”
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Huntsman’s co-host Pleasure Behar fired again, saying: “I do not agree with that 100 %. … I all the time stated I did not need to get to know George W. Bush as a result of I knew I would really like him. I knew I might as a result of he looks as if a likable type of man. However if you happen to misplaced a toddler in Iraq then you do not like him a lot. And I do not see myself hanging out with Donald Trump anytime on this lifetime.”
Sunny Hostin agreed with Behar, Meghan McCain stated she fell “someplace within the center” and Whoopi Goldberg voiced help for DeGeneres “taking a second to indicate somebody humanity.”
Among the many celebrities who voiced concern about DeGeneres’ actions was actor David Cross, who known as DeGeneres’ protection “weak, self-serving, [sic] dismissive and eye-opening.”
Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon quoted Out Journal’s response to the controversy with “However lacking the purpose totally, DeGeneres framed the difficulty as merely a matter of her hanging out with somebody with totally different opinions, not a person repeatedly accused of being a battle legal.”
After spending time researching Bush’s presidency, Bell’s “Good Place” co-star Jameela Jamil tweeted: “What a monstrous chief. I now perceive the trend.”
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Marvel star Mark Ruffalo stated that speaking about Bush’s kindness needs to be out of the query till he’s “dropped at justice for the crimes of the Iraq Conflict.”
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Bush advised Fox Information: “President and Mrs. Bush actually loved being with Ellen and Portia (de Rossi) and appreciated Ellen’s feedback about respecting each other. They respect her.”