Ellen Degeneres explains her decision to watch football with George Bush

Ellen Degeneres stuck to her guns Monday night when she tweeted out a four-minute monologue discussing her decision to attend a Dallas Cowboys game and sit next to former President George W. Bush.

Degeneres was spotted at the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game Sunday afternoon sitting next to the former president as a guest of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Twitter users were quick to point out that not only did Bush back a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage as president, but he is the architect of the War on Terror that continues today.

Rather than address the socio-political dimension of the issue, Degeneres made her explanation personal. What looked like an apology promising the “whole story” was ultimately more of an unrepentant defense of her decision.

In the course of the video, Degeneres refers to Bush as a friend.

“Here’s the thing,” she said, “I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs I have.”

Degeneres continued, “But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them. 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.”

In the course of the monologue, she also criticized Twitter users as “referees,” and seemed to brush off criticism from the left, saying, “A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad… they tweet.”

While the explanation likely played well with Ellen’s core network TV audience, the monologue was met with negative responses.

But there were some on Twitter who vigorously took Ellen’s side.

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Brenden Gallagher

Brenden Gallagher

Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.