A slice of social media lost its collective mind after a photo of Ellen DeGeneres at last Sunday’s NFL game between the Packers and the Cowboys surfaced online.
The problem? The self-proclaimed “gay Hollywood liberal” was sitting next to former President George W. Bush.
Some Twitter users vehemently criticized her for sharing the Republican’s company, calling him a “war criminal.” But DeGeneres was not having it.
“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush,” she told her studio audience Monday at a taping for Tuesday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “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,” she continued.
DeGeneres also provided some context as to how the seating arrangement came to be, explaining that she and wife Portia de Rossi arrived at the stadium in Arlington, Texas, as guests of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. She went on to share a video she took of Bush reclining in his chair between her and Laura Bush in the Cowboys private suite.
The Packers fan then joked about interacting with people who have “very different views and beliefs,” such as Cowboys fans.