Ellen Page Calls Out Mike Pence After Jussie Smollett Attack: "This Is What Happens...When You Hate People"
"I dealt with a lot of stuff that was totally normalized," said Page. "Since really young... I would give [that young person] a hug. I would tell her she's not alone, and that she can reach out to people. And that the behavior is not okay."
"Mike Pence wishes I couldn't be married. Let's be clear. The vice president wishes I didn't have the love with my wife. He wanted to ban that in Indiana, he believes in conversion therapy, he has hurt LGBT people in Indiana so much."
"I don't know [Jussie Smollett] personally. I send him all of my love," said Page. "Connect the dots. This is what happens. If you are in a position of power, and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused, and they will kill themselves, and people will be beaten on the street."
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The Netflix star received praise on Twitter for her candor.
I know a lot of folks have already rt'd this, but I just wanted to add that this is a way to use your platform for good. Late Show interviews are about selling your project and telling "amusing" anecdotes.— Gennifer Hutchison (@GennHutchison) February 1, 2019
Good on Ellen Page for using it to address the attacks on LGBTQ folks. https://t.co/4k2fxLh0ZN
"If Mike Pence thinks it’s acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ, you are wrong," the Star Is Born actress told the crowd. "You say we should not discriminate against Christianity? You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian."
"I feel so grateful for [coming out]," she told Colbert, tearing up. "I feel so grateful to feel how I feel now, compared to [how I felt] when I was a closeted person. It's not a nice place to be."