ICYMI: Ellen DeGeneres hung out with George W. Bush and a lot of people got really mad about it, calling him a “war criminal” and her a “person who pals around with war criminals.” It brings up that difficult ethical quandary which plagues so many of us: is it wrong to hang out with people who start illegal wars? I personally would not want to be friends with George W. Bush, which is why I’m constantly leaving his texts on read. Sorry Dubya, truth is I don’t like you and thought you were a horrible president and person and I was excited when that guy threw a shoe at you!!! So no, I do not want to do brunch.
Ellen, on the other hand, apparently does not share my feelings. After photos of her and the 43rd president hanging out at a Packers v. Cowboys game went viral on social media over the weekend, Ellen addressed the backlash on her show.
Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush over the weekend. Here’s the whole story. pic.twitter.com/AYiwY5gTIS
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 8, 2019
The talk show host defended her relationship with Dubya on the grounds that they’re two individuals with “different beliefs,” saying:
I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs I have. I wish people wouldn’t wear fur. I don’t like it, but I’m friends with people who wear fur…But 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 mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.
The remarks didn’t go over super-well on Twitter, where the backlash intensified and people argued that being friends with a war criminal is not the same as wearing fur (unless you’re a member of PETA, in which case, they’re the same!).
the whole story is simply that you’re privileged enough that you’re insulated from the horrific things he did to minorities, LGBTQ people, and Iraqis, so you don’t think they’re a big deal.
— i bless the rains down in castamere (@Chinchillazllla) October 8, 2019
But it’s 2019, so what really matters is what celebrities think. Because if you haven’t starred in a bunch of movies, why should I care about your opinions on socio-political ethics?!
The majority of celebs are coming out (tee hee) as pro-Ellen, defending her remarks about the importance of bridging “political differences.” While a smaller yet vocal minority are criticizing her for being friends with a former President who started an illegal war, held back rights for LGBTQ people amid other atrocities (i’m not a political journalist or even a journalist so you’re gonna have to Google for specifics!).
These are some of the celebs who are supporting Ellen and Dubya’s friendship:
1.) Blake Shelton
Amen @TheEllenShow… Thank you for saying this. https://t.co/gnevaKU6Ig
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 8, 2019
2.) Gwen Stefani
@TheEllenShow I love u Gx https://t.co/yPoLEpojKi
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) October 8, 2019
3.) Scooter Braun
Another reason why I love Ellen! @TheEllenShow bravo. https://t.co/nGHNQ7eNLB
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) October 8, 2019
4.) Kelsea Ballerini
watch this ❤️ https://t.co/bvlN8QOQxG
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) October 8, 2019
5.) Kristen Bell
Shes my 👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑 @theellenshow
6.) Dax Shepard
— dax shepard (@daxshepard) October 8, 2019
7.) Reese Witherspoon
Thank you for this important reminder, Ellen! “I have friends who don’t think the same things that i do. When I say be kind to one another , I don’t mean be kind to the people who think the same way you do . I mean ..Be Kind to Everyone. “ https://t.co/nPUMljZpUi
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) October 8, 2019
8.) Kari Byron
Respect. I have lots of friends with different backgrounds and different views. Understanding starts with and open heart. #kindness
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) October 9, 2019
9.) Piers Morgan
I’m not a fan of Ms Saccharine, but she’s bang on here. When did we lose the ability to be friends with people who hold different opinions? Ridiculous. https://t.co/k8keiFjR3q
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 8, 2019
10.) Jamie Foxx
11.) Jennifer Garner
13.) Lenny Kravitz
14.) Kendall Jenner
So who were the celebs bold enough to call out the empress of daytime television?
These celebrities called out Ellen for befriending George W:
1.) David Cross
It was neither, “shut down”, nor was it “powerful”. It was weak, self-serving, dissmive and eye-opening https://t.co/1gHIb4vlYY
— )))David Cross((( (@davidcrosss) October 8, 2019
2.) Susan Sarandon
“But missing the point entirely, DeGeneres framed the issue as simply a matter of her hanging out with someone with different opinions, not a man repeatedly accused of being a war criminal.” https://t.co/OCyYEfNRQl
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) October 8, 2019
3.) Jameela Jamil
Ooooof learning today about the full extent of Bush’s heinous presidency… we weren’t taught much about him at school, we just heard he was stupid…(we were dealing with our own epic nightmare of a prime minister back then). What a monstrous leader. I now understand the rage..
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 9, 2019
4.) H. John Benjamin
Imagine being so deluded that the only tweet you put up is that ‘Ellen DeGeneres and George w bush sitting together in a luxury box makes you have faith in America again ?! https://t.co/tjLkYE2nON
— h. jon benjamin (@HJBenjamin) October 9, 2019
Welp, there you have it. The four celebrities bold enough to publicly call out Ellen DeGeneres. Remember these names, because you may never hear from them again.