There was recent hubbub about talk show host Ellen Degeneres and former President George W. Bush sitting and smiling together at the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers football game on Sunday, October 6. They were in the club box enjoying the game and exchanging conversation.
While I was watching the game, I noticed it and pointed it out. I announced it out loud to my empty living room that Ellen and George were in fact smiling and hanging out. Mr. Bush was also accompanied by his wife, Laura, sitting on the other side of him. Ellen was accompanied by her wife, Portia.
My first thought watching it live was the fact that it was super cool that they were enjoying the game together. I'm sure it was a lot of fun. What harm was there between the former President of this country and a very popular talk show host just sitting next to each other at a football game?
I watch Ellen's show often, and I think she is hilarious. But what I get out of it the most is at the very end of the show, when she says, "Be kind to one another."
With this particular situation, there was no kindness.
To answer my own question, apparently, there was some type of harm between the two individuals. "Why would a liberal sit next to a conservative?"
That question, in particular, seems a little immature to me and kind of hurtful. You mean to say that you would not sit next to someone who had different beliefs from you? After it all went down, Ellen made it very clear that we have forgotten that it's alright to be friends or friendly with people who have different beliefs from you.
There is a reason why Ellen tells us all to be kind to one another before the 4 o'clock news comes on. There is a reason behind her madness and I love it. She is one of the most generous celebrities I think I'll ever know. She gives back to others, she is always smiling, and she promotes kindness, even on the darkest of days.
It costs absolutely nothing to be kind to people. It costs nothing to give back or do a good deed every day. Being kind isn't just about smiling at someone or holding the door for the person walking behind you. It's also about loving and accepting people for who they are and what they believe in.
Don't we all want to be treated kindly? It feels pretty good to be treated that way, and it feels even better to treat someone with that kindness.
I will always look up to Ellen Degeneres and her kind self. I just wish we all could be kind to one another and follow in her footsteps as she has been saying this for years. It's not rocket science. She was rooting for the Packers and he was rooting for the Cowboys, who gives a damn? I was watching the game and I'm an Eagles fan. Luckily I was watching it because I just so happened to see this happen on camera, and I smiled.
Regardless of your status, your skin color, your religion, your sexual orientation, and your political beliefs, we are all human and we are all capable of being kind. Let this news be a wake-up call of how wrong this was of us and how we need to start being considerate to others again.