What began with an unexpected photograph became a full-fledged ethical debacle.

The pop culture sphere was consumed last week by the friendship between daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and former president George W. Bush. They sat next to each other at a Dallas Cowboys game, leading many to question why DeGeneres, a gay liberal and vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights, appeared to be palling around with a politician whose administration restricted those very rights and, among other polarising actions, launched a war in Iraq that cost more than half a million lives.

Two points, at the very least, set


Ellen DeGeneres and the privilege of agreeing to disagree


Mark Ruffalo and the comfort of dissent

Reese Witherspoon and the art of slowly backing away

Jameela Jamil and the humbling experience of getting it wrong

Everyone else and the safety net of keeping quiet