DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, were seen with former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, at a Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday. Their apparent friendship sparked backlash on social media since George W. has held an anti-LGBTQ stance in the past. The union of a man and a woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith, George W. Bush, via 2004 statement. DeGeneres posted a video to Twitter explaining her friendship with the former president. People were upset, they thought why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president. 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 DeGeneres, via 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. Just because I don't agree with someone on everything doesn't mean that I'm not going to be friends with them. , Ellen DeGeneres, via 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. When I say be kind to one another I don't mean only the people that think the same way that you do, I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn't matter, Ellen DeGeneres, via 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. While some people applauded her ability to befriend someone with such opposite views, others condemned her. No, Ellen. So many LGBT people will continue to suffer bc of what this man did. Being nice to him is letting him off the hook, Twitter user.