Over the past couple of days, Ellen DeGeneres has been at the centre of a lot of drama after she laughed and talked with George W. Bush at a football game over the weekend.
The footage of Ellen and former president Bush sharing a joke as they watched the game caused an immediate and intense backlash.
Many people took issue with Ellen spending time with Bush over his role in the Iraq war which has been criticised over its legitimacy.
Two days later, Ellen spoke out against the criticism during a monologue on her show. During her speech, Ellen drew attention to one of the more positive tweets she saw online.
“A lot of people were mad, and they did what people do when they’re mad — they tweet,” she said. “But there’s one tweet that I love, and this person says: ‘Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.'”
She went on: “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.”
Ellen then said that being friends with Bush was similar to her putting aside her feelings aside to be friends with people who wear fur.
“When I say be kind to one another,” she concluded, “I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.”
Within hours of her monologue being posted online, a second wave of criticism began, with many people saying that she’d missed the point of people’s outrage in the first place.
And said that the logic behind her defence was “absurd”.
However, while all of that was going on, two of Ellen’s closest celebrity friends, Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell, were speaking out in her defence.
Taking to Twitter, Reese posted Ellen’s monologue alongside a message reading: “Thank you for this important reminder, Ellen!”
And Kristen headed over to Instagram to share a side-by-side photo of Bush and Ellen alongside the caption: “She’s my 👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑”
But it didn’t take long before people began dragging both Reese and Kristen for their comments.
“It is a privilege to be able to set aside the real life harm and oppression because it does not affect you and befriend someone like that,” one Twitter user told Reese.
“I have to take issue with this, with all due respect. There’s nothing wrong with being friends with people of different beliefs, but there IS something wrong with being friends with someone who has hurt you and your community without remorse or a change,” said another.
Another said: “Believing certain members of our society don’t deserve the same rights as the rest because of their gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation isn’t a difference of opinion, ladies. “Being kind” doesn’t mean we should smile politely while they work to take away our rights.”
While many, many more voiced their disappointment.
And told her to delete the tweet.
Meanwhile, fans of Kristen were leaving angry comments underneath her Instagram post.
“This is the man that used the hatred of us to get himself re-elected,” they said.
“Just lost MAJOR respect for you. What a fucking shame.”
“An opinion that intentionally oppresses or harms another life? NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. You’re better than this.”
“I think you need a new queen.”
“Nope nope and nope. Tolerance of intolerance is complicity.”
“Sorry. Can’t go with you on this one. It’s elitist and lacking historical reference. GW Bush harmed so many many people. It’s appalling.”
“Every cis straight person who shares that Ellen video today about how we just need to be nice to our oppressors on the literal day of three Supreme Court cases that could set the precedent of stripping rights from LGBT people nation wide needs to pay $10 to every LGBT friend who has to see it.”
And, as with Reese’s mentions, Kristen’s post was filled with fans begging her to reconsider and delete the message.
Spokespersons for Kristen and Reese have been contacted for comment.