Do a search for DeGeneres right now and almost all you will see is criticism and actual hate that Ellen DeGeneres accepted an invitation from the Cowboys owner to sit in their box and as it turns out, sat next to George W. Bush. Kudos to her for speaking out and saying he was a friend of hers and although they differed in opinion on many things, they were nonetheless friends.
She did not try to side step it or apologize, and actually reiterated her belief that people should be kind to each other and that includes those who differ in opinion and maybe lifestyles. Neither was forcing their beliefs on each other, although they were rooting for different teams.
While not a regular viewer of her show, I have watched it a few minutes at a time and never found her to be abrasive or pushy about her way of life. In fact, I could probably like her better than most TV celebrities. On a side note, she always looked familiar and after finding out today that she is from New Orleans, I may have met her one time while I was living in the N.O area. That is a longer story and distracting from my reason for writing this post, so we will leave it at that.
What is not surprising based on what we have seen over the years is the hate that came from the side that always accepted her as one of their own. Too bad Ellen is not the leader of their movement.