While the 'Avengers' star calls out DeGeneres, others applaud her plea.
Mark Ruffalo has rejected Ellen's "be kind to everyone" response to the backlash she faced for hanging out with former president George W. Bush.
On Wednesday the "Avengers" star posted a link to a Vanity Fair op-ed which also called into question DeGeneres' "increasingly out of touch imagined utopia."
Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars—emotional & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness. https://t.co/dpMwfck6su— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 9, 2019
"Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars—emotional & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can't even begin to talk about kindness," Ruffalo tweeted.
Within an hour his post had 1.5k comments, 12k retweets, and 53k likes. He also quickly became one of the top trends on Twitter.
The drama kicked off on Sunday when the daytime host was spotted smiling and chatting with "Dubya" in a box suite at a Dallas Cowboys game. While some on social media found the juxtaposition surprisingly endearing, others slammed Ellen for being friendly with the former president, whose tenure included a very unpopular invasion of Iraq, a very tardy federal response to Hurricane Katrina, and an opposition to same-sex marriage.
On her show on Monday, Ellen tried to explain her position.
"People were upset. They thought, 'Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?'" she said. "A lot of people were mad, and they did what people do when they're mad — they tweet."
"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," she went on. "We're all different, and I think that we've forgotten that that's okay that we're all different. Just because I don't agree with someone on everything doesn't mean that I'm not going to be friends with them."
She concluded: "When I say be kind to one another, I don't only mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone."
Her plea won the support of a few high profile names, including both Kristen Bell and Reese Witherspoon.
Sharing video from Ellen's show, Reese tweeted, "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."
Bell, meanwhile, shared a side-by-side photo of DeGeneres and Bush on Instagram, adding, "Shes my 👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑 @theellenshow."
Both actresses got slammed in their own comments for the posts.
Bell's "The Good Place" costar Jameela Jamil also began trending for her response to the Ellen-Bush friendship on Wednesday. Initially, she responded by applauding Ellen.
"I've never seen someone in the public eye handle something like this, in this way," she said in a since-deleted tweet. "And use it to make what is actually an incredibly necessary point in our society. It was just very strong and interesting. We explore this in season 4 of The Good Place."
She followed it up with another tweet claiming she didn't know anything about Bush's presidency when she made her first comment. "Ooooof learning today about the full extent of Bush's heinous presidency," the British actress said. "We weren't taught much about him at school, we just heard he was stupid...(we were dealing with our own epic nightmare of a prime minister back then). What a monstrous leader. I now understand the rage."
As she continued to get backlash, Jamil kept tweeting about the responses she was getting.
"Very interesting to see some pompous responses from people because someone from the other side of the world didn't learn about a president in your country when they were a teenager," she wrote. "Are you experts on all world leaders from back then? Ridiculing learning and growth is weird."
"I love learning and growth and massively applaud anyone who says they don't/didn't know the answer and seeks it out," she added. "I personally think that's cool and hope that we all feel safe to do that, so we can all evolve together. #progressnotperfection"
Many of her additional tweets were about "growing in public" and not being embarrassed "about having more to learn." She added, "I'm REALLY glad today's conversation has happened. It's highlighted why people are afraid to ask questions."
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