- The Washington Times
Monday, October 14, 2019

Elton John said he admires Ellen DeGeneres for standing up for civility and defending her friendship with former President George W. Bush.

“I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she said,” the pop icon told NPR in an interview published Sunday.

Ms. DeGeneres was criticized last week by the left and the LGBTQ community after she was photographed sitting next to and being friendly with Mr. Bush. The TV host later defended her friendship with the former president and reaffirmed her commitment to “be kind” to others.

“Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” Ms. DeGeneres said on her 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.”

Mr. John said he agreed that people need to do a better job in accepting other people’s views.

George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes,” the singer said. “People need to come together. … They need to respect people’s view on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.”

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