This is how stars should act when dealing with hate…
Musical legend Elton John came to his friend Ellen DeGeneres’ aid after the talk show host became swarmed with left-wing outrage for posing next to former President George W. Bush during an NFL game.
Instead of caving to the crowd, DeGeneres defended her relationship with the former president, stressing the obvious: they have to be kind to others, even though they may have different political views.
“I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she said,” John told NPR.
The “Rocket Man” singer piggybacked the message of tolerance from DeGeneres and even thanked Mr. Bush and President Donald Trump for the international charitable efforts to address HIV/AIDS.
“Unfortunately, what our democracy has become now is that it’s not OK to have different opinions than yours and that is not healthy,” John said, according to Fox News.
“George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes,” he said.
“Yes, there were [bad] decisions that he’s made, but that was made by Democratic presidents and Republican presidents. And I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she did,” he added.
John also praised Mr. Bush for launching the President’s AIDS Relief Emergency Plan, or PEPFAR, a $85 billion global investment in over 50 countries to address the HIV / AIDS epidemic.
“PEPFAR came from the Republicans. People have to remember that,” the musician said, noting that the initiative is “the most incredible thing a Republican president has done on a philanthropic level.”
John said he welcomed the implementation of PEPFAR under Trump, although he may not agree with most of the president’s policies, according to Fox News.
“People need to come together,” he emphasized. “They need to respect people’s views on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.”
After the “controversy” of merely sitting next to a former president and smiling, DeGeneres defended herself and her friendship with Bush to her live audience and millions of viewers.
“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,” the host said, as reported by The Daily Wire. “We’re all different, and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s okay, that we’re all different.”
“For instance, I wish people wouldn’t wear fur. I don’t like it, but I’m friends with people who wear fur,” DeGeneres continued. “But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything, doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them. When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.”
As noted by Fox News, Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told the network that Mr. Bush “appreciated” DeGeneres’ comments.
“President and Mrs. Bush really enjoyed being with Ellen and [her wife] Portia [de Rossi] and appreciated Ellen’s comments about respecting one another,” Ford said. “They respect her.”