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The woke scolds are now seriously targetting comedy talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres because she dared to say that people should be kind and respectful toward those with whom they disagree.

In a scathing op-ed for Vanity Fair, Laura Bradley argues that Ellen DeGeneres somewhat betrayed her LGBT allies by publicly displaying friendliness with George W. Bush at a football game and then using the moment to deliver a message about unity.

“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. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay,” DeGeneres said on Tuesday. “Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna be friends with them. 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. It doesn’t matter.”

Referring to George W. Bush as “the man whose résumé includes the invasion of Iraq and the botched federal response to Hurricane Katrina,” Bradley says that Ellen contributed to the ongoing revisionist history campaign to somehow rehabilitate the former president. This, according to Bradley, stemmed from Ellen’s brand of “unconditional kindness,” which Bradley claims does not jive with reality.

“There’s something especially on-brand about DeGeneres’s plea for unconditional kindness; she’s made her name as a bubbly talk show host slash celebrity whisperer who can befriend just about anyone,” writes Bradley. “But the continued backlash against DeGeneres—even after her address—is also a sign that such a brand is incompatible with reality.”

“Ellen has been a towering presence on the talk show scene for a reason; for millions of viewers across America, DeGeneres and her show’s sparkling set represent a sunny alternate reality—one in which everyone is fun and nice and happy to dance and play games,” Bradley continues. It’s a simulated apolitical utopia, one that seems to reflect DeGeneres’s belief that kindness is the most important virtue of all—one that should trump all else.”

But that brand only goes so far, claims Bradley, because, at some point, people should be able to determine if the target of their unconditional kindness is worthy of it. Bush does not qualify because he launched the Iraq war, supported traditional marriage, and appointed conservative Supreme Court justices, culminating it the Citizens United decision of 2010.

“In that clip, DeGeneres seems to hope we will see unity—a representation of what we could achieve if we put aside our differences and recognize our shared humanity. But how deep does this unity run? What are the parameters of the kindness we should all practice?” Bradley asks.

“Throughout her address, DeGeneres reduced this history to a difference in ‘beliefs,’” Bradley continues. “But when one person has historically believed other people should not have the same basic rights as another, it’s hard to treat these differences as benign—especially when that person once exercised their power to help make their beliefs a reality.”

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11 Comments
  • Ellen Whiting says:

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

    “People should be able to determine if the target of their unconditional kindness is worthy of it,” says Bradley. That’s an oxymoron if ever there was one. Unconditional kindness by definition is extended to people who are NOT worthy of it. Jesus Christ voluntarily died like a criminal on the cross to save and forgive people who are not worthy of it (i.e. all of us).

    Bradley is engaging in the type of behavior one might reasonably expect from a kindergartner. Kindergartners typically try to dictate who their friends sit with. Grownups allow others the freedom to choose who they sit with, and are not threatened by that freedom. But that sort of confidence and maturity also comes from being secure in the love of God. One cannot expect to see it in those who reject God.

    BTW, Bradley conveniently forgets to mention that during Katrina, it was not President Bush, but New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin (who was later convicted on 20 counts of corruption) who refused to allow school buses to be used to evacuate people, seeing it was beneath his royal chocolate dignity to have his people riding school buses. Thus, hundreds of school buses were flooded and rendered useless, while people died. Nagin also rejected an offer of an Amtrak train to evacuate people. He then abandoned his people and flew to Dallas to safety. Bush authorized a ton of federal aid, which Nagin wasted. Katrina victims left a really bad taste in America’s mouth by going on TV, turning their noses up at the aid they were generously given, sitting on their butts, complaining and demanding royal treatment. And that is somehow Bush’s fault? I don’t think so. Ms. Bradley should review the facts before she starts spewing nonsense.

  • Alison says:

    This Laura Bradley, op-editor, is emblematic of the left. Intolerant and consumed with hate. Ellen has experienced what the right experiences daily! Welcome to our world, Ellen. ,

  • LM says:

    A self made gay women with her own opinion that happens to be kind? How dare she be a person of free thought! If you are gay, apparently you have to be angry and intolerant. Just like blacks who see the reality of self thought and get lashed by the ignorant mob.. Punishment for speaking up, just like old times. Sick!!!!

  • Mickey says:

    Well Ellen…. now you see what we Trump voters have been putting up with!

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