“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’ve forgotten that’s OK that we’re 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.”
It’s easy in our country’s political climate to become discouraged at the mean-spirited rhetoric found in our coffee shops, community gatherings, dinner tables and — of course — on social media.
This was demonstrated once again this past weekend when conservatives and liberals alikelost their minds when they saw a picture of television talk show host Ellen DeGeneres sitting next to former President George W. Bush in the suite of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
The Twittersphere absolutely lost its mind, calling Bush a war-criminal and how a gay activist like DeGeneres could be friends with someone like Bush who once called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Conservatives weren’t happy either — although many aren’t big fans of Bush.
On her show Monday, DeGeneres answered her critics and, in doing so, expressed what many of us have been feeling and saying since 2016.
DeGeneres said she is friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same belief she does. DeGeneres uses her daily talk show to encourage kindness and she spoke directly to those who blasted her for sitting next to Bush.
“When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people who think the same way you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”
One person on Twitter appreciated the picture. “Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.”
We all have friends we don’t agree with on everything from what plays the coach is calling to whether they liked (or hated) Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
It shouldn’t matter.
This country will never move forward until everyone stops spewing hate. It’s time to be kind.