You may have heard about the controversy surrounding Ellen DeGeneres’s friendship with George W. Bush. That “controversy” swirls around this “friendship” is disheartening. But the fallout from her friendship demonstrates how hatred is ruling many hearts.
In case you’re not familiar with the preposterous controversy, apparently Ellen DeGeneres was seen on camera talking to and laughing with George W. Bush at a sporting event. This innocuous moment in time resulted in a brutal attack from decidedly fervent liberals in the news and entertainment industries. I say “decidedly fervent liberals” because that is what they are, by their own admission and it is that extreme political leaning that caused them to go into meltdown.
Ellen, whether you’re a fan of hers or not, has responded in a measured, reasonable way, saying:
“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.”“We’re all different. And I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different. When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean be kind to the people who think the same way you do. I mean be kind to everyone.” – Ellen DeGeneres
Sadly, that comment only resulted in more attacks against her. Sarah Jones, writes in New York Magazine:
“Comedian Ellen DeGeneres loves to tell everyone to be kind. It’s a loose word, kindness; on her show, DeGeneres customarily uses it to mean a generic sort of niceness. Don’t bully. Befriend people! It’s a charming thought, though it has its limits as a moral ethic. There are people in the world, after all, whom it is better not to befriend. Consider, for example, the person of George W. Bush.” – Sarah Jones, New York Magazine
In that same article, rebutting a post from CNN’s Chris Cilliza, who was supportive of Ellen DeGeneres, Jones has this nasty response:
“There’s almost no point to rebutting anything that Chris Cillizza writes. Whatever he says is inevitably dumb and wrong, and then I get angry while I think about how much money he gets to be dumb and wrong on a professional basis.” – Sarah Jones of New York Magazine
The hatred and nastiness has been palpable. And I want to be clear that I am not a Republican. I am an Independent and I believe in voting for the best candidate, regardless of party. I’m also not a big fan of George W. Bush. I am however, a fan of fairness, compassion, understanding, kindness and temperance. George W. Bush has been accused of many things by the extreme left, but they fail to realize that perhaps not everyone agrees with them. Their response to Ellen’s “friendship” with Bush has been almost violent — dictating who she can call friend and imposing their views on everyone else. Is that fair? After all, Barack and Michelle Obama are friends with George W. Bush, with Michelle Obama saying:
“Because I think the political discourse, the way it’s shown in the media, is…all the nasty parts of it. You know? Because I guess we’ve become a culture where the nasty sells. So people are just gonna keep feeding that. We’re all Americans. We all care about our family and our kids, and we’re trying’ to get ahead. And that’s how I feel about your father. You know? He’s a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man.”
Obama went on to say that she and Bush have not let their political differences get in the way of their relationship.
“And I don’t know that I agree with him on everything. But the truth is much more complicated and complex than that. And I’d love if we as a country could get back to the place where we didn’t demonize people who disagreed with us. Because that’s essentially the difference between Republicans and Democrats.”
Not only are President and Mrs. Obama friends with George W. Bush, but so are President and Mrs. Clinton.
If true political rivals can be friends, why can’t people let Ellen DeGeneres be friends with George W. Bush? Is getting so angry and venomous really warranted over this relationship? We have children dying of hunger and so many other terrible things happening…wouldn’t their time be better spent focusing on that, rather than who Ellen DeGeneres calls “friend?” And it they believe George W. Bush to be a terrible person, which is their right, then focus on making changes to our political structure instead.
“Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place. The point is to teach this to the next generation.” – Jasmine Guinness
I’m sad to say that the people reacting so viciously to this supposed “story” seem to have hearts that are ruled by hatred and minds that are dark with negativity. They are engaging in a form of public bullying and they are arrogantly dictating their views to the world. Sorry Sarah Jones, Mark Ruffalo, et al. but you are not the moral high ground, nor are you the moral compass for the rest of us. How would you like it if people started attacking you for who you hang out with? How would you like it if, because you stood next to _________(fill in the blank) at a sporting event, people pounced on you, publicly ridiculed you and created needless controversy…after all, the world has enough real controversy without you adding to it.
For me, this isn’t about politics or how one feels about George W. Bush or Ellen DeGeneres. This is about a return to civility in politics and in life as a whole. The extremes on both sides of the political spectrum seem to thrive in controversy and if they can’t find any, they’ll manufacture it. I think this is the case with this “story.” Being kind isn’t a sign of weakness, but rather, is a hallmark of strength and personal fortitude.
“Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“Hatred, anger, and violence can destroy us: the politics of polarization is dangerous.” ― Rahul Gandhi