• Hollywood v. Hollywood: Ruffalo Roots for Nastiness, Ellen Doesn’t — Good for Her!

    Surge Summary: Actor Mark Ruffalo is openly dumping on comedienne Ellen DeGeneres for her friendly treatment of former president George W. Bush. Many Americans agree with him; some do not.

    In one rather rare intramural squabble, we find Tinsel Town vs. Tinsel Town! And this time, one side deserves at least qualified cheers from conservatives.

    The Blaze’s Breck Dumas tells us:

    Hollywood actor and Avengers: Endgame star Mark Ruffalo blasted comedian Ellen DeGeneres last week,

    rallying the outrage mob to continue criticizing the talk show host after her call for kindness the day before.

    On Tuesday, DeGeneres delivered a monologue addressing the critics who expressed fury over the comedian being spotted chatting and joking with former President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game over the weekend. Her speech was widely distributed through mainstream media, social media, and radio, hailed for her positive message encouraging friendship between people with differing views.

    I have no brief for Ellen. I think she can be funny, and seems like a “nice” woman, but her mainstreaming of same-sex relationships has acted as a cancer introduced into the American culture. Nonetheless, this latest move was a decent, grown-up response on her part. And …

    Surprise! Not everyone agreed.

    Legions were not pleased with the comedian’s commentary. A Vanity Fair article pointed the finger at DeGeneres for being an elitist and sniffed her “imagined utopia seems increasingly out of touch with reality.”

    “Utopia”? Occasionally choosing to get along with others despite your difference of opinion with them? Wow, the folks over at Vanity Fair have a thin definition of “utopia”.

    Ruffalo, retweeted the piece’s link, appending to it his own hysterical and misinformed thoughts,

    “Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq war, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars — emotional and otherwise — inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness.”

    (How’d Captain America ever manage to remain in the same room with this guy? Perhaps he’s been following Ellen’s admirable “let’s-try-to-get-along” philosophy?)

    Twitter users heaped praise on Ruffalo. His post received nearly 200,000 likes in eight hours, with one follower thanking the actor for using his “platform and speaking this truth out loud.” Another addressed the actor, saying, “Thank you Mark for being better than most of your colleagues in Hollywood.” Yet another wrote, “Thank you for not missing the point entirely like Ellen did with her ‘I can be friends with people I disagree with!’ schtick.”

    Happily, undiluted adulation was not the only reaction Ruffalo’s dotty tweet generated.

    BlazeTV’s Graham Allen … replied, “Sorry to interrupt your ‘hulk smash’ moment. I served with soo many that did soo much more than me, and we would do it ALL over again for our country! You don’t get to speak for Veterans.”

    One fan expressed emotional disappointment in the fifty-one-year-old’s screed, saying,

    “To read this from you one of my absolute favorite actors is heartbreaking. It’s sad that you can’t see that we all need love and happiness in this world right now. I will forever now see you in a different light and that’s sad for me.”

    Ellen appears to grasp – and Ruffalo evidently does not – disagreement doesn’t of necessity have to be antagonistic and spiteful.  Yes, by all means challenge opposing views. Increasingly, one has to do so in today’s political and cultural climate. But differing with another person doesn’t automatically have to incorporate hatefulness, nastiness, personal destruction. “Hate” is not a requirement – and I use that word in its original sense, not according to the new-fangled, wrong-headed manner in which it’s been misdefined by Leftists.

    Speak your mind! Take issue with contradictory positions! But … try to address others respectfully along the way. “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men,” (Romans 12:18).

    Mark Ruffalo, what’s so complicated and scandalous about that?

    H/T: The Blaze/Breck Dumas

    Image: Mark Ruffalo;  Adapted from: Gage Skidmore – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/
    14800333484/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35007562

    Image: Ellen DeGeneres; Adapted from: Angela George, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.

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