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Twitter Reacts to Ellen Explaining Her Friendship With George W Bush by Saying That There Are More Important Things Than Politics

By Petr Knava | Social Media | October 8, 2019 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | October 8, 2019 |


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We serve Friendship Is More Important Than Politics steak!

We go alllllll the way to famous War Crimes Don’t Matter lake!

The wheel of time turns, humanity spins ever onwards towards oblivion, and in all that confusion Ellen Degeneres has managed to put her foot somewhat unfortunately into the ongoing furore over her apparently being friends with George W. Bush—an incident first posted about here in Lainey’s Plove, and later covered by me. Here’s Ellen, providing the context on the situation, and which I guess was meant to make everything okay:

Here’s a telling pull quote from USA Today:

‘Views.’ Such a weightless, fluffy word isn’t it? Much more effervescent and frothy as compared to, say, ‘actions’ and ‘politics.’ Actions like, ‘mass murder’. And politics like, ‘hard right theocratic neoliberalism’.

But you know what, even that word ‘politics’ is sometimes used as a band-aid, or—what the late great George Carlin might’ve described as—a euphemistic softening designed to make language obscure a harder reality. It’s like those two lads—one wearing a Beto t-shirt and one wearing a MAGA one—who took a picture of themselves, embracing, and captioning it with the message that ‘friendship is more important than politics.’ I wrote that up when it happened and I’m gonna just quote myself here real quick so I don’t keep rephrasing the same point over and over again until my brains start leaking out of my ears:

There’s a lot going in that statement, bubbling just underneath the surface. Chief among it the abstract weightlessness given to the word ‘politics’, and its contrasting against the relative power given there to ‘friendship’. […] I find it’s helpful sometimes to substitute the word ‘politics’ with the word ‘power’. Politics is a term that has been intentionally made hazy and removed from reality. A political class that is itself detached from those they govern welcomes that kind of disengagement. ‘Power’ on the other hand is a term that everyone understands, and it is remarkably clear that power is not just a theoretical exercise. It has real, life-changing consequences. And here is the kicker: When those in power seek to do you harm, you are under no obligation to be friendly with them.

Twitter wasn’t having Ellen’s nonsense:

Indeed.

You know what the best part is?

They made that the video title:’This Photo of Ellen & George W. Bush Will Give You Faith in America Again’

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Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.


Image sources (in order of posting): YouTube, The Ellen Show


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