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Elton John: ‘I Admire Ellen’ for ‘Standing Up’ to Criticism of Her Friendship With George W Bush

The Wrap Sunday, 13 October 2019
Elton John: ‘I Admire Ellen’ for ‘Standing Up’ to Criticism of Her Friendship With George W BushElton John defended Ellen DeGeneres’ friendship and socializing with former President George W. Bush, telling NPR Sunday, “I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she said.”

John pointed out that we’ve all made mistakes, including the former president who opposed marriage rights for LGBTQ.

“George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes,” John went on. “People need to come together…They need to respect people’s view on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.”

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DeGeneres became subject of social media backlash earlier this week when she was spotted enjoying a Dallas Cowboys football game with Bush 43 and the former first lady, Laura. Some in the gay community voiced their opinion that the comedian was behaving inconsistently with her personal values, some even calling it a betrayal. Others mentioned Bush’s foreign policy that created a refugee problem.

The following day, DeGeneres broached the subject with the audience at the taping of her talk show, saying, “During the game, they showed a shot of me and George laughing together. And so, people were upset. They thought, ‘Why is this gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?'”

DeGeneres continued: “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.”

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“Here’s the thing,” she went on. “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 OK.”

While Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner have spoken out in support of her, other celebs like Mark Ruffalo and Jon Cusack spoke out against her, with Cusack accusing DeGeneres of “normalising mass murderers” through association with Bush.

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