“We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”
—-Ellen DeGeneres, countering social media criticism of her hanging out with former President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game.
She prefaced that comment with this:
“When we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs. And I’m not talking about politics… I was rooting for the Packers. So I had to hide my cheese hat in [her spouse] Portia’s purse. People were upset. “They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?… A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad… they tweet.”
If they are morons, that is. These are the people who harass those wearing MAGA hats, who won’t speak to family members who voted differently than they did, who seek to boycott companies and individual who contribute to causes they oppose. They are unethical citizens and corrupted human beings.
DeGeneres taking this stand is important, because it is her natural fans and supporters who are the primary villains in the effort to divide America. Surveys show it, polls show it, experience shows is: it is the Angry Left and the resistance who overwhelmingly choose to make the political personal. I know from my own miserable experience on Facebook, where I have been “unfriended” by double-digits of friends, some of whom I have helped and supported mightily in other endeavors, because I do not fall into line with the Facebook Borg’s required lock-step. In contrast, I have never dinged a Facebook friend because of their political views, no matter how foolish or offensive.
Ellen has a following, and is much admired among progressives, especially in the LGBTQ community. Her affirmation of proper human priorities and reasonable tolerance matters, because it might snap some member of the still salvageable cancel-culture herd back to reality before they become a danger to the republic.
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