Elton John defends Ellen DeGeneres, George W. Bush’s friendship after Twitter backlash

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Elton John is supporting Ellen DeGeneres after the comedian endured serious backlash on social media for her friendship with George W. Bush.

The British singer, 72, told NPR on Monday that he admired the talk show host, 61, for “very eloquently” standing by her friendship with the former president, 73, despite their political differences.

“Unfortunately, what our democracy has become now is that it’s not OK to have different opinions than yours and that is not healthy,” explained John. “George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes. … Yes, there were [bad] decisions that he’s made, but that was made by Democratic presidents and Republican presidents. And I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she did.”

John also praised Bush for launching the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003, which according to People magazine has saved over 17 million lives and provided more than $80 billion in funding.

ELLEN DEGENERES STANDS UP TO TWITTER MOB, DEFENDS APPEARING WITH ‘FRIEND’ GEORGE W. BUSH

Elton John attends IMDb LIVE At The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Viewing Party on February 24, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.

Elton John attends IMDb LIVE At The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Viewing Party on February 24, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (ich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

GEORGE W. BUSH SAYS ELLEN DEGENERES’ COMMENTS ON RESPECT ‘APPRECIATED’

“PEPFAR came from the Republicans,” said John. “People have to remember that.”

John added that Bush’s program is “the most incredible thing a Republican president has done on a philanthropic level.”

He also shared that while he doesn’t agree with many of President Trump’s policies, he does appreciate that he has continued PEPFAR.

“People need to come together,” said John. “They need to respect people’s views on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.”

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Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres took a stand against the Twitter mob after receiving backlash for appearing at a football game next to former President George W. Bush, whom she calls a "friend."

Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres took a stand against the Twitter mob after receiving backlash for appearing at a football game next to former President George W. Bush, whom she calls a “friend.” (AP)

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Bush’s spokesman, Freddy Ford, previously told Fox News that Bush “appreciated” DeGeneres’ comments about respect after the star took a stand against the Twitter mob shaming her for sitting next to him at a football game.

“President and Mrs. Bush really enjoyed being with Ellen and [her wife] Portia [de Rossi] and appreciated Ellen’s comments about respecting one another,” Ford told Fox News. “They respect her.”

The former president’s comments come after DeGeneres was photographed sitting next to him at a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game.

The backlash over the pictures caused DeGeneres to defend her “friend” on her talk show.

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“When we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs. And I’m not talking about politics… I was rooting for the Packers,” DeGeneres joked. “So I had to hide my cheese hat in Portia’s purse.”

She noted that some “people were upset.”

“They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?… A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad… they tweet,” she told her audience.

“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,” DeGeneres continued. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… 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 mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”

DeGeneres concluded by thanking Charlotte and Jerry Jones — Jerry Jones is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and Charlotte is his daughter — as well as George and Laura Bush for a “Sunday afternoon that was so fun,” but added that they owe her “six dollars for the nachos.”

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky and Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.Read More 

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Davido Deposits Over 35 Million To Get 30BG Luxury Ring For His Gang Members At Icebox In Atlanta, US

Davido continues to show a good heart to the guys around him as he has just deposited millions in the tune of cash on getting them to look like he is.

The OBO who just a couple of days ago returned to the United States from London took some of his gang members out in order to get them iced. The superstar singer after getting to his reputable jeweller’s (Icebox) shop, deposited the sum of hundred thousand dollars in cash to get his gang all wrapped of in the luxury 30BG ring.

The likes of his manager, Asa Asika, his hypeman, Special Spesh, DJ, Ecool and a few more would be getting the ring which looks so adorable. This wouldn’t be the first time Davido would be showing so much love to his gang by buying them expensive gifts as he has proven to do that in the past with cars, Iphones and others.

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This month in Book;One Degree about the uncanny.

Dear Reader,

This month’s books newsletter is suspended in a state of anticipation. “Like all dissidents in this country, I went to bed expecting the ring of the doorbell at dawn,” writes jailed Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan in his clandestinely written prison memoir I Will Never See the World Again. “The thing is, I think the most endangered species on this planet at the moment is us,” warns molecatcher and memoirst Marc Hamer, author of How To Catch a Mole, in an interview with Tobias Carroll. “One degree of warming has already revealed itself … Wild variability is the new normal … One degree is about the uncanny, and the unfamiliar. If this is one degree, what will three degrees be like? Four?” wonders Holly Jean Buck in After Geoengineering, before she goes on to persuasively argue that now is the time to begin considering seemingly drastic countermeasures to climate change, such as sun-dimming aerosols. After Geoengineering, truly, is the most anticipatory book I have ever encountered: the structure of the book is, partially, a series of chose-your-own-adventure climate change scenarios, all of which strongly suggest to the reader that it is a very bad idea to hold off on geoengineering, since holding off is tantamount to leaving it in the hands of the late-game bad-future ecofascist set … who will do it, but badly.

It’s crazy, of course, to consider geoengineering; and now that I’ve considered it and decided it’s a good idea, I can’t honestly report back on whether the uncanniness of the moment has increased or decreased for me. Can it do both? “There is a personal threshold at which one loses hope: many of the climate scientists I know are there already,” Buck goes on to write. “But there’s also a societal threshold: a turning point, after which the collective discourse of ambition will slip into something else. A shift of narrative.”

And that’s really what all this end of the world stuff is, Buck explains: a narrative, badly told; a story that we are therefore misunderstanding, and thus is the source of so much of our consternation. “The definitive story of the twenty-first century, for people working to combat climate change, may be captured in one graph: the rise of greenhouse gas emissions. The line features a dramatic, tension-laden rise — and, ideally, a peak, followed by a dramatic and then gentle downslope.” The problem, in Buck’s view, is that we are imposing a familiar narrative form on this graph — “from Shakespeare to the novel to the life course, the exposition–conflict–climax–resolution–moral story arc is a classic one” — when, in fact, the hero’s journey is nothing like how the carbon emissions story will play out. Imagine a bathtub, she suggests instead; imagine it filling with water. And you begin to worry that it will overflow. You can turn the faucet off, yes; but that will not empty the bathtub. And if you can’t turn the faucet off, not now and not for a long while, then it is imperative that you begin emptying the bath tub as soon as possible.


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Everyone wants climate change to be a peak that we will conquer, when really it’s a bathtub we need to drain. Narrative is the most powerful force at work in this equation; and that’s not just the case for climate change. In her review of Rachel Cusk’s essay collection Coventry, Sarah Haas writes, “In being ejected from her family’s narrative, Cusk was subjugated, too; an act of authorship in real time that Cusk cannot separate from violence.” She then quotes Cusk: “War is a narrative: it might almost be said to embody the narrative principle itself. It is the attempt to create a story of life, to create agreement. In war there is no point of view; war is the end of point of view.”

There is a way, though, to take control of a narrative: simply pay attention to how it is wrong. “I was living outside,” explains Marc Hamer when asked how he went about independently re-inventing the ancient art of molecatching (he rejected the poisons favored by modern exterminators), “I got into a state after a quite short period of time where I just stopped trying to think about things and work things out, and just looked at what was going on around me … I went quiet, I think, and that allowed me to just look and try and understand.” After observing the moles, he was able to catch them.

Dana Snitzky
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