In a beautiful display of unity, Ellen Degeneres sat with George W. Bush at a Cowboys game and defended the decision later on the Ellen Show, calling all Americans to treat each other kindly, no matter their views.
Ellen Degeneres has long been a kind soul, displaying thoughtfulness in what can be discouraging times in the US. And on Sunday, she put her beliefs on display and showed America that she truly believes in unity above all else.
At the Cowboys game on Sunday, she sat by George W. Bush in Jerry Jones’ skybox.
On the Ellen Show, she described (in hilarious fashion) why she had no problem sitting next to the Republican president:
“During the game, they showed a shot of George and me laughing together, and so people were upset. They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative republican president? Didn’t even notice I’m holding the brand new iPhone 11. But a lot of people were mad, and they did what people do when they’re mad — they Tweet. But here’s one tweet that I loved: this person says, ‘Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.'”
The audience roared with approval, clapping.
“Exactly!”, she said.
Continuing her monologue, DeGeneres said, “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. We’re all different, and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s ok, that we’re all different. For instance, I wish people wouldn’t wear fur. I don’t like it. But I’m friends with people who wear fur. And I’m friends with people who are furry, as a matter of fact. (laughs) I have friends who should tweeze more. But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna 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.”
Such wise words. We need this right now more than ever — a reminder that no matter our beliefs or political affiliations, we are humans and Americans before all else. Our relationships must mean more to us than our disagreements.
Ellen DeGeneres is right. We must always remember to be kind to one another.