Bush Applauds Ellen DeGeneres for Defending Their Friendship

Carla Harmon
October 10, 2019

And while there were plenty of people who accepted her explanation, actor Mark Ruffalo reignited the debate over the former president by pointing out that Bush had still not been brought to justice.

Hollywood has had a split reaction to the talk show host defense of why she chose to sit next to Bush during a Dallas Cowboys game against the Green Bay Packers over the weekend.

DeGeneres used her Twitter account to address the controversy, tweeting a video of her nearly 4 minute-long monologue talking about it on her show.

Mr. Ruffalo, who played Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk in the "Avengers" movies, rebuked her statement by saying the president's action in the Iraq War were not warranting of "kindness".

In light of the outrage, DeGeneres, reiterated her guiding philosophy about "being kind to everyone" and explained that Bush is her "friend".

Addressing the backlash generated by the sight of Bush and DeGeneres together at the Sunday game, in a statement to Fox News, a spokesman for the former President said he and the former first lady "really enjoyed being with Ellen and Portia [de Rossi] and appreciated Ellen's comments about respecting one another". Many are criticising this comparison, arguing that Bush has actively fought against the rights of LGBTQ community, and naming him a "war criminal" over the US's invasion of Iraq during his term as president. "During the game, they showed a shot of George and me laughing together and, so, people were upset". It's worth noting that the former president was a guest on Ellen's daytime show in 2017, where it was revealed that she's close pals with his daughterJenna Bush-Hager, 37.

Liberal activist Peter Daou tweeted that he has "nothing in common with George W. Bush, who launched a war based on lies that caused untold carnage". "But a lot of people were mad, and they did what people do when they're mad - they tweet". "We're all different, and I think we've forgotten that that's okay, that we're all different", she said.

The host continued, "When I say, 'Be kind to one another, ' I don't mean only the people that think the same way that you do". "In fact, I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have. I mean be kind to everyone", she said. "Hulk out. I'm appropriate cheerful someone with energy and impact is reminding the youthful technology about the disastrous legacy of the Bush years", while a particular person named Susi tweeted, "I love how Ticket Ruffalo is in a single of the ideally honorable film franchise but he's now not tremulous to toughen Palestine and remark to out Bush for his battle crimes in Iraq and so much others".

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