Mark Ruffalo called out for selective outrage over tweet shaming Ellen Degeneres and George Bush’s war crimes
Weighing into a controversy kicked off by TV personality Ellen Degeneres, who came under fire for schmoozing it up with former President George W. Bush at a football game last weekend, Ruffalo insisted no quarter or kindness should be offered to perpetrators of heinous war crimes until they face consequences, including Bush.
“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 & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness,” the actor of Incredible Hulk fame tweeted.
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 & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness. https://t.co/dpMwfck6su— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 9, 2019
While some online were appreciative of the anti-Bush sentiment, many wondered aloud why similar treatment was rarely afforded to Bush’s successor, Barack Obama, who is largely given a pass despite pursuing – in some cases escalating – many of the same policies for which Bush is condemned today.
Claiming Bush is some monster while worshipping Obama even though they did the same things abroad🤔— Dave Weber (@Dave_Weber86) October 9, 2019
Bush and Obama bro! They’re both war criminals!!— Dodgers High Correspondent (@42o_Bandit) October 9, 2019
From a massive escalation of the Afghan war in 2009, ramping up drone bombings on Pakistan, establishing a secret presidential “kill list” that included American citizens, leading a NATO operation that left Libya in ruin, or arming violent Islamist militants in Syria – Obama still has much to answer for, but is rarely asked to do so. Despite bragging that he’d already bombed seven countries by 2015, liberal celebrities like Ruffalo have had few harsh words for the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
*Nobel Peace Drones™— Fuzzy Chimp (@fuzzychimpcom) October 9, 2019
Obama must be brought to justice for his drone strikes that killed thousands of civilians.— ed (@eleventy17) October 9, 2019
“Woke Twitter, [including] Mark Ruffalo, are selective about call outs,” one user observed, noting the several occasions former first lady Michelle Obama posed affectionately with Bush without facing a similar wave of outrage from figures like Ruffalo.
People ripping Jameela Jamil and the celebs in these screenshots but it was tumbleweed 101 when Michelle Obama was getting regular sweeties fixes from George W. Bush & going above and beyond duty in friendly optics. Woke Twitter, incl Mark Ruffalo, are selective about call outs. pic.twitter.com/snNYZEbAWM— Independent Thinker (@ThinkIndep) October 9, 2019
It's funny how Mark Ruffalo can criticize Ellen, who was an actual person affected by Bush's ignorance, but not a peep about Michelle Obama who admits to having a special FRIENDSHIP with GW.https://t.co/9UM1BP8GpY— Anthony Joseph (@Anthony45525826) October 9, 2019
Another commenter seconded Ruffalo’s views on Bush, but encouraged the actor to take his criticism further, applying the same humanitarian standard evenly, regardless of the party in power.
“Mark Ruffalo (correctly) calling out George Bush for being a war criminal, responsible for the displacement and death of millions,” the user said.
The same is true for Obama. He started 5 wars and displaced even more people than Bush. However, Obama is a media darling who Mark gushes over.
Mark Ruffalo (correctly) calling out George Bush for being a war criminal, responsible for the displacement and death of millionsThe same is true for Obama. He started 5 wars and displaced even more people than BushHowever, Obama is a media darling who Mark gushes over— HeroAssange (@HeroAssange) October 9, 2019
100% on Bush. You forgot to add Obama & Clinton though. No reason to root for justice against one war criminal, while giving a free pass to others. It makes it partisan, rather than ethical.— Life Coach (@jimlyons3000) October 9, 2019
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