Ellen Degeneres kissed radio shock jock Howard Stern in an attempt to draw attention away from her friendship with former president George W. Bush.
For most of last week, people were criticizing Ellen for being friends with Bush, whose time in office resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq and whose 2004 presidential campaign was one of the most homophobic political campaigns in United States history.
Bush also supported a constitutional amendment that would have banned Ellen from marrying her wife, Portia de Rossi.
Stern suggested something to get people to stop talking about her friendship with Bush: kiss him.
“Take a picture with me, making out with me,” Stern said. “Once people see me with you, no one’s going to be thinking about George Bush.”
She changed the topic to her phone, but Stern brought it back to his idea.
“Kiss me, Ellen,” he said.
She agreed, but stipulated no tongue.
“Listen, I don’t want to make you throw up or anything,” Stern responded. “Brace yourself.”
Other celebrities have come out in support of Ellen.
Elton John, who famously criticized Ellen for talking too much about her sexuality when she came out and then befriended anti-gay rapper Eminem, said he “admires” Ellen for being friends with Bush.
“George Bush has made a lot of mistakes,” he told NPR. “I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes.”
“People need to come together[…] They need to respect people’s view on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.”
He did not explain what would count as “heresy.”