Actor Mark Ruffalo recently weighed in on the internet debate about DeGeneres being friends with the former Republican US president George W Bush. In a tweet, Ruffalo claims that one cannot talk about kindness until George Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War.
Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars—emotional & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness. https://t.co/dpMwfck6su— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 9, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres was spotted sitting next to the former President of the United States George W. Bush at a Cowboy's game on October 6, which had sparked a lot of controversy amongst her fans and other internet users.
However, many netizens did not support him. One follower replied to the comment saying, “You could hold every President responsible for war crimes.” Another netizen said, “This is the problem. We simply roll over and accept whatever “reality” is pushed. I applaud Ellen because while her humanity isn't popular at the moment in some circles, it doesn't make it any less strive-worthy. Hate should never win, even when you're sure you're right.”
Mark until you run for office you have no clue what the hard choices and decisions are. It’s not a bowl of cherries being the leader of the free world. If you think you have all the answers why don’t you run for office?— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) October 10, 2019
Sorry to interrupt your “hulk smash” moment— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) October 9, 2019
I served with soo many that did soo much more than me, and we would do it ALL over again for our country!
You don’t get to speak for Veterans👍🏻
The talk show host received some negative attention after a picture of the former President and DeGeneres laughing together went viral. Netizens seemed to be angry as George W. Bush supported a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. DeGeneres on her talk show on October 8 defended her actions and told the audiences that she is friends with George Bush and a lot of other people who don't share the same beliefs as her. She also admitted to secretly cheering for the Packers while sitting in the Cowboys' suite. In her monologue, she claimes that the fans thought, “Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?”, to which she replied that she doesn't agree with someone on everything and that doesn't mean she's not going to be friends with them.
“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. 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 doesn’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean, ‘Be kind to everyone, it doesn’t matter.’”
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
(with inputs from agencies)