Mark Ruffalo criticises Ellen DeGeneres for friendship with George W Bush

Brenda Watkins
October 12, 2019

When the talk show host came under fire for hanging out with a former United States president, who is accused of committing war crimes during the Iraq war, she defended Bush.

"I'm friends with George Bush", DeGeneres said on Tuesday. Down shot by fans, she did a monologue on her show the following day, calling on everyone to be unconditionally kind to each other.

Many Hollywood celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Bell and Kendall Jenner offered their support to Ellen but one star who was not buying DeGeneres' "kindness" defense is Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo added that Bush's alleged crimes include "American-led torture, Iraqi deaths and displacement, and the deep scars - emotional and otherwise - inflicted on our military that served [Bush's] folly".

'Ellen out here letting bush drive her ultima while telling the timeline "y'all don't know him like i do damn",' said the Bronx comedian.

"DeGeneres framed the issue as simply a matter of her hanging out with someone with different opinions, not a man repeatedly accused of being a war criminal", she said.

Most people I've spoken with applauded DeGeneres's speech.

Bush also appreciated DeGeneres' comments about respecting one another, and "especially on being kind to folks with views that are different than your own", TMZ reported. I was rooting for the packers.

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"People were upset", she acknowledged in the video that she posted this past Monday on her Twitter account.

Mr Bush, a Republican president, opposed gay marriage while in office. In response to his tweet, many people praised the actor for speaking out against Bush's actions and for being a rare voice in Hollywood to criticize DeGeneres. "Just because I don't agree with someone on everything doesn't mean that I'm not going to be friends with them".

Liberal activist Peter Daou tweeted that he has "nothing in common with George W. Bush, who launched a war based on lies that caused untold carnage". And they did what people do when they're mad: they tweet. 'I have friends who don't think the same things that i do.

The popular TV host - who came out as a lesbian in 1997 - defended herself by saying that it's okay to be friends with people who do not think the way you do.

'In this case, I hope her kindness isn't betrayed as Bush appointees to SCOTUS rule on the right to discriminate against people because of who they love or how their creator made them'. I mean to be kind to everyone.

The TV host and comic sparked a fierce debate on social media after sitting next to Mr Bush, who was in power from 2001 to 2009, at an National Football League match at the weekend.

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