Ellen Page delivered a passionate and tearful speech on the connection between hateful leadership and LGBT hate crimes during her appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Colbert asked Page, who was promoting her new Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy,” if Hollywood was more LGBT-inclusive since she first publicly came out a few years ago.
“There’s clear evidence that has changed, that there’s some progress. There’s some more representation but I honestly think we need to hurry up. It’s not cutting it. Hollywood, and the film industry in particular, is just so binary and it is so, I find, narrow in its ideas of who can tell stories and who can be in the stories. I hope it continues to change,” Page replied.
Page then called out the media for not reporting enough on how environmental issues are affecting marginalized communities. Instead Page says “the media that is saying it’s a debate whether what happened to Jussie Smollett” and called out President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
“I’m like, really fired up right now. It feels impossible not to feel this way right now with the president and the Vice President Mike Pence, who wishes I couldn’t be married, let’s just be clear,” Page says.
Page and her wife Emma Portner, 24, married last year.
“The vice president of America 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 LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana. He wanted to ban that in Indiana. He believes in conversion therapy. He has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana,” Page says.
“I think the thing we need to know—and I hope my show Gaycation did this, in terms of connecting the dots between what happened with Jussie, I don’t know him personally, I send him all of my love—[is how to] 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,” she continued.
Page teared up and concluded: “What do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused and they’re going to kill themselves. People are going to be beaten on the street. I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you could meet. I’m lucky to have this time and this privilege to say this. This needs to fucking stop.”