Ellen DeGeneres' monologue from Tuesday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" reacting to the controversy surrounding her sitting with George W. Bush at a Cowboys game went viral almost immediately this week and garnered responses from a variety of celebrities.
"A lot of people were mad, and they did what a lot of people do when they're mad: They tweet. But here's one tweet that I loved: This person says, 'Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.' Exactly!" DeGeneres said of the uproar online. "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. We're all different, and I think that we've forgotten that that's okay that we're all different."
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
Her message, which ended with her saying that people should "be kind to everyone," elicited reactions of support from the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Blake Shelton, Dax Shepard and Gwen Stefani.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 8, 2019
— dax shepard (@daxshepard) October 8, 2019
DeGeneres acknowledged all of her celebrity supporters with tweets in return, joking in response to Shelton's show of support that it "sounds like someone’s trying to get a seat in the suite with me."
Of course, not everyone was happy with her address to her viewers. New York Times film writer Kyle Buchanan's response to her "be kind to everyone" message was that "maybe she could start with the people who work on her show," alluding to long-burning rumors about DeGeneres' behind-the-scenes behavior.
Maybe she could start with the people who work on her show https://t.co/RiNMZETNg7
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) October 8, 2019
Writer Evan Ross Katz mused that the talk show host being particularly active on Twitter after Tuesday's episode aired "shows you that she's checking Twitter and is tuned into this blowback despite her inability to understand any perspective outside of her own privileged one and those telling her to 'preach.'"
Ellen out here responding to Blake, Gwen and Dax's tweets of support shows you that she's checking Twitter and is tuned into this blowback despite her inability to understand any perspective outside of her own privileged one and those telling her to "preach."
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) October 8, 2019
Meanwhile, others noticed that the tweet that DeGeneres chose to highlight on her show had actually been Photoshopped when it aired: The version that appeared on the screen behind her read, "Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again." In reality, the tweet -- posted by user @Matthew_Oooo -- actually has a "HAHAHA" in front of it.
this... feels like it should be a bigger deal? https://t.co/TvxUO9qdkF
— Adam Moussa (@adamjmoussa) October 8, 2019
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