Reese Witherspoon and Kristin Bell Draw Criticism for Support of Ellen/Bush Friendship

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday October 11, 2019

After Ellen DeGeneres was spotted at a football game next to former President George W. Bush last weekend, she received lots of backlash online. As it happened, however, so have people who came forward to defend her for being friends with the 43rd President.

Two notable examples are Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell, who post posted to their social media accounts their support for Ellen. Reese wrote on October 8 in a since-deleted tweeted (and please excuse her grammar):

"Thank you for this important reminder, Ellen! 'I have friends who don't think the same things that i do. When I say be kind to one another , I don't mean be kind to the people who think the same way you do . I mean ..Be Kind to Everyone.'"

A day later, Kristen posted a side-by-side photo of Bush and Ellen with the caption: "Shes my [queen]."

Fans of both celebs have continued to criticise the interaction, emphasizing that many consider Bush a war criminal, a position not akin to a simple difference of opinion. Ellen previously defended her stance on her talk show, saying: "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."

One notable celebrity who has come out against Ellen's stance is Mark Ruffalo, who tweeted yesterday:
"Until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War... we can't even begin to talk about kindness." Ruffalo's comments provide a stark contrast to the opinions of Witherspoon, Bell and DeGeneres.

Regardless of the social media backlash, DeGeneres stands by her position of friendship for all, as does Kristen Bell. Evidently, however, Reese Witherspoon has had second thoughts about some part of her support of the comedian, or at least her post about the situation.

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