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Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

On Sunday night, Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi attended a Dallas Cowboys game in Texas.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

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However, what should have been a straightforward evening ended up causing a lot of drama thanks to the person Ellen was seated next to.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

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That person was none other than Mr George W. Bush — divisive figure and former president of the United States of America.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

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At one point in the game, Ellen could be seen talking and laughing with Bush.

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And when the footage hit Twitter, people were not happy.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

Some people took issue with Ellen spending time with Bush over his role in the Iraq war which has been criticised over its legitimacy.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash
Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

Others drew attention to his poor record on LGBT rights.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

In fact, some said the timing of Ellen hanging out with Bush couldn't have been worse, considering the Supreme Court's impending decision on whether gay and transgender people will be protected from workplace discrimination.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

While others pointed out that Bush pledged support for Brett Kavanaugh after he was accused of sexual assault in 2018.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

In fact, the backlash became so great that at one point, the topic was trending worldwide on Twitter.

Well now Ellen has now responded to the criticism, defending herself against those who denounced her online.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

Speaking in a monologue on her show, Ellen began by joking that she knew ahead of the football match that she'd be "surrounded by people with very different views and beliefs".

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

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"And I'm not talking about politics," she added, "I was rooting for the Packers and everybody in the Cowboys suite was rooting for the Cowboys."

Ellen went on to address the Twitter outrage, but drew attention to one of the more positive responses she saw.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

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Ellen said: "During the game, they showed a shot of George and me laughing together. People were upset. They thought, 'Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?' They didn't even notice that I'm holding the new iPhone 11."

"But a lot of people were mad, and they did what people do when they're mad — they tweet," she said. "But there's one tweet that I love, and this person says: 'Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.'"

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

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She went on: "Here's the thing. I'm friends with George Bush. In fact, I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have."

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

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"We're all different, and I think we've forgotten that it's OK that we're all different," she added.

Ellen then said that being friends with Bush was similar to her putting aside her feelings aside to be friends with people who wear fur.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

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She said: "For instance, I wish that people wouldn't wear fur. I don't like it, and I wish that they didn't, but I'm friends with people who wear fur. And I'm friends with people who are furies — friends who should tweeze more. But just because I don't agree with someone on everything, it doesn't mean that I'm not gonna be friends with them."

"When I say be kind to one another," she concluded, "I don't mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone."

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

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However, within hours of the video going live, a second wave of criticism hit, with many people calling out Ellen's defence.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

"The Bush era was my first political awakening," wrote one person. "Things felt terrifying and apocalyptic at the time. I've always feared that one day he'd become an innocuous figure ... just another ex-president whose awful crimes are glossed over."

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

"While I agree that yes, even if you're against the fur trade it's possible to be friends with someone who wears mink ... George Bush has the blood of 1 million Iraqi deaths on his hands," wrote another.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

Many people said that this wasn't about a simple "difference of opinion".

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

While others called the logic behind her defence "absurd".

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash
Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

And called her fur analogy "bullshit".

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

Many said that the monologue missed the point of the original outrage entirely.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash
Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash
Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

But some people did jump to Ellen's defence and said that they agreed with her points.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

While others called it a "refreshing response".

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash

You can watch Ellen's monologue in full, here.

Ellen DeGeneres Defended Herself After Hanging Out With George W. Bush Caused A Huge Backlash
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