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Ellen DeGeneres Holds Ground on Bush Photo. Says, ‘Be kind to everyone. It’s okay that we’re all different.’

Comedian, feminist and human rights activist, Ellen DeGeneres, has a message for America: “Be kind to everyone.  And I don’t mean just the people that think the same way that you do.  I mean, be kind to everyone.”

While recounting a reaction to a photo in which she is seen sitting next to Republican President George W. Bush during a Dallas Cowboys/Green Bay Packers football game, DeGeneres said she knew she’d get a reaction.

Boy did she ever.

By early Tuesday afternoon, Twitter followers commented over 47,000 times under the photo of DeGeneres sitting next to the former president.

“I was surrounded by people who don’t agree with me…. I was aware that I was going to be surrounded by people with different views and beliefs and I’m not talking about politics, I was rooting for the Packers,” she said in a video clip of her show she posted on Twitter.

“Why is a gay, Hollywood liberal sitting next to a Republican president? Here’s the thing, I’m friends with George Bush,” DeGenerous said. “In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have.  We’re all different and I think we have forgotten that it is OK that we’re all different.”

While weighing in on Twitter, some were supportive of her message of being kind to those who do not hold the same beliefs, while others reminded the comedian of the Iraqi war, calling Bush a war criminal.

But the whole thing at least got people talking.

DeGeneres’ full video explanation can be viewed below. 

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