Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush provide the united states a needed lesson in friendship – Phillip Morris

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ellen DeGeneres instantly faced heavy criticism on social media when video emerged Sunday of her sitting next to former President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys football game.

Twitter trolls leapt at the chance to spew venom at the talk show host for sharing a luxury suite with George and Laura Bush and confirming that she and the former president are friends. A filmmaker named Josh Fox weighed in with the following vitriol:

About DeGeneres
DeGeneres is a surname of French origin. Notable people with the surname include:

Betty DeGeneres (born 1930), mother of Ellen DeGeneres and American activist.
Ellen DeGeneres (born 1958), American stand-up comedian, television hostess, and actress.
Vance DeGeneres (born 1954), American actor, older brother of Ellen DeGeneres.
Portia de Rossi, or Portia DeGeneres (born 1973), wife of Ellen DeGeneres and American actress.

Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush offer America a needed lesson in friendship: Phillip Morris

About George
George may refer to:

“Hey @TheEllenShow – how does it feel to watch a game with a mass murdering genocidal war criminal?”

One minute, the daytime talk show host and comedian is noshing on nachos and enjoying a football game with Bush. The next minute, DeGeneres is being brutally pilloried on social media for having the audacity to hang out with the former president.

Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush offer America a needed lesson in friendship: Phillip Morris

Trolls will be trolls. That’s their job. They accurately benchmark our growing incivility and usefully illuminate the armies of adult bullies in our midst. Hopefully, America will view the dust-up surrounding the DeGeneres and Dubya game date for what it is: a desperately needed reality check on the disappearing art of genuine friendships based on something other than shared partisan politics.

DeGeneres doesn’t need public defenders as she is more than capable of fending for herself. It is her prerogative to choose her friends and to shed light on private relations at her discretion. That is why she did America a favor when she used the monologue of her Monday talk show to address the Twitter pitchforks. Here’s part of what DeGeneres said:

“People were upset. They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?”

“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 that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different … but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” said DeGeneres.

“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. Doesn’t matter.”

Rapper Kanye West, who is said to be a friend of President Donald Trump, recently started a traveling Sunday church service that is receiving considerable attention. DeGeneres, who identifies as a Christian, could reasonably follow suit but doesn’t need to because she already makes highly effective use of the television platform she currently occupies. Her embrace of the Golden Rule is a timeless civics lesson that parts of America desperately need to relearn.

It’s not earth-shattering news that Bush continues to be a beacon for unusual and unexpected friendships. The remarkable bond that he shares with former first lady Michelle Obama has often been noted. Who can forget the image of the old cough drop Bush gave Obama at the funeral for the late Senator John McCain.

Bush breezily explains his seemingly genuine friendship with Obama as something rooted in her noted appreciation of his wacky sense of humor. Obama is more direct in explaining the friendship.

In an NBC interview last year with Jenna Bush Hager, the former president’s daughter, Obama offered this insight into the friendship:

“I’d love it if we as a country could get back to the place where we didn’t demonize people who disagreed with us. (Bush) reminds us that we can get there with the right leadership and with the right tone setting and with each of us giving one another the benefit of the doubt,” said Obama.

“(He’s a) beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man,” she added.

The unexpected friendships shared by Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama, and George Bush offer rays of hope for a currently divisive and polarized America.

Twitter trolls be damned.