In case you missed it, Ellen Degeneres was photographed earlier this week at a Dallas Cowboys football game seated next to George W. Bush. The photo shows them smiling and everyone in the photo looks happy. Shortly after the photo hit the internet, the Twittersphere lit up with hateful remarks. Some people think a liberal Democrat can’t be friends with a conservative Republican and former President of the United States. Many people think these two should not be seen or be photographed together, especially looking like a couple of friends having fun at a football game!
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Ellen’s Response. . .
After the outrage settled down, Ellen released a video statement. In it, she said. . .
“Here’s the thing, 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. But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean I’m not going to be friends with them. When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people who think the same way you do. I mean be kind to everyone. It’s doesn’t matter.”
It’s remarkable that in today’s toxic political climate Ellen and George can even have a friendship. And it’s even more remarkable that Ellen quickly and publicly defended the friendship. It shows great character and should be applauded!
How it Works
Real friendship is blind to age, gender, political preferences, skin color, and socio-economic status.
It happens when two people spend time together.
It develops through sharing experiences and ideas with honest conversation.
It thrives through mutual respect and support.
And it is sustained through loyalty and devotion.
A Toast to Ellen
I raise a toast to Ellen Degeneres for having healthy relationships that cross expected boundaries. Her loyalty to a friend and her courage to stand up to bullies should be an inspiration to everyone!
Relationships take time and effort but they always pay off. In this case, the display of loyalty affirms a sense of honor and gives hope that decency still exists. I hope it does, even though the world seems to be spinning in the opposite direction.
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