Over the weekend, Twitter was in a tizzy over a photo of LGBT talk show host Ellen Degeneres looking chummy with former President George W. Bush while enjoy the private box at a Dallas Cowboy’s game. While many people were annoyed at this display, most assumed that Degeneres didn’t have a choice where she was sitting and was being polite.
However, Degeneres decided to double down on the criticism and give a self-righteous monologue about how she and Dubya were indeed friends and that people should just get over their differences and be nicer to one another. This caused a massive online debate, with many people explaining that Bush has caused a massive amount of harm to many, many people through the Iraq War, the delayed response to Hurricane Katrina, and his anti-LGBT policies. This wasn’t just a situation where you were nice to your racist grandpa at Thanksgiving.
The cast of The View also debated the controversy, and like they are with most things, the table was divided.
Abby Huntsman agreed with Ellen, claiming to be “upset” by the backlash.
“How much time we’re wasting tweeting out negative things about other people when we should be spending time with our children, with our family or, heaven forbid, friends who might think differently than we do.”
“How about we get out of people’s lives, stop judging people for what they’re gonna do, who they’re going to sit next to.”
People on Twitter also agreed with this sentiment, encouraging others to just be kind.
However, many of the woman were vocal in their disagreement with Degeneres. Joy Behar said:
“I always say I didn’t want to meet George W. Bush because I knew I would like him, he seems like a likable kinda guy. [But] if you lost a child in Iraq, then you don’t like him so much… I don’t see myself hanging out with Donald Trump anytime in this lifetime. It’s not only about disagreeing with somebody. She’s entitled to her choice, but it’s not just about disagreeing with somebody.”
Sunny Hostin brought up that this move by Ellen could be seen as betrayal to the LGBT+ community.
“In 2004, when he was in a position to do something for it, he pushed for a constitutional amendment to make sure marriage was defined as between a man and a woman. I think when you are a woman like Ellen who came out and changed the lives of so many people in the LGBTQ community, I can understand why there were people that were put off by seeing her.”
Megan McCain, shockingly, found herself “somewhere in the middle,” claiming that she doesn’t “choose who I’m friends with based on their political backgrounds, unless it’s truly radical.”
Something tells me that this debate is far from over.
Sorry Abby, but you don't get to tell appressed and persecuted populations like LGBT+ when they should get over things, that were done to them. We are pissed at Ellen because her money insulates her from our reality, and her palling around with dude was a betrayal.
— Mariano G #BLM #Pride🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 (@Mariano_G36) October 10, 2019