Ellen Page came out because ‘You have f–king privilege, so do something with it’

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I don’t think Ellen Page gets enough credit for being a really beautiful young woman. These Out Magazine photos just reminded me of that – Page is usually described as a petite tomboy, a woman who is “cute” and who doesn’t like wearing dresses. But she is STUNNING. She’s got an incredible face. Anyway, Ellen and Julianne Moore cover the new issue of Out Magazine to promote their film, Freeheld. It’s the true story of a couple (Julianne and Ellen) fighting for LGBTQ equality in New Jersey. You can read the full Out Mag piece here.

Julianne on Pres. Obama’s post-SCOTUS statement about marriage equality: “He essentially said, ‘When we are all more equal, we are all more free,’ and it was a really beautiful thing to say. Because we were all holding our breath, thinking, Come on, this has got to work. If it doesn’t work, what does it say about us as a nation? You don’t want to carry that kind of shame anymore — it’s absurd. Someone, maybe on my Twitter feed, was talking about all the people who were railing in the Southern states, like, ‘I will not allow this to happen.’ And that someone just said, ‘Give it up. It’s over. It’s done.’ I think there was a sense of relief, finally, that we did the right thing, as a nation and as a culture.”

Ellen’s process of coming out: “I remember thinking, Ellen, how in God’s name could you make this film and not be out? What’s interesting to me is how long it took to make the movie — for it to finally come together — and how my internal progression toward coming out was naturally in line with it. Stacie and Laurel’s story is incredibly inspiring and did take a lot of courage, particularly in a time of such unimaginable difficulty. It really did make me go, Dude, just tell people you’re gay. Just get over yourself, honestly, and support those who are not as privileged. It’s like, You have f–king privilege, so do something with it.”

Julianne didn’t really know the pain of being closeted: “It was interesting for me, because Ellen had just so recently come out … And this is going to sound silly, and hopefully not hurtful on my part, but I don’t think I was aware of how painful it is to be closeted. I have the advantage of being a person who’s never had to hide my sexuality, so I asked her a lot of questions — frank questions — about what that feels like. She said she felt discomfort simply wearing all these dresses, and it was all very eye-opening for me. She was so unprotective [of herself] — I was very touched by that. It definitely made me more sensitive to the nuances of our movie.”

[From Out Magazine]

The article is a nice read and it features quotes from some of the real people involved with the real-life situation, and how the larger marriage-equality cause became intensely personal for these two women. I loved what Ellen said here about her privilege and why she felt like the time was right to come out. Bless her.


Photos courtesy of Out Magazine.

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  1. Elisa the I. says:

    Faith in humanity restored.

  2. suze says:

    Smart. GORGEOUS.Right.

    Love her.

  3. Junior says:

    I’ve never particularly liked her. I get the feeling she doesn’t have a sense of humor about herself.

    • Sixer says:

      I think that’s a bit harsh maybe? I see her as in the post-coming out period, so she’s feeling liberated and evangelical about it all. It must be like an extended adrenaline rush. Of course there’s a danger she comes across as over-earnest or humourless at times. Coming out is important, you know? I like her. And I enjoy watching her evolve.

      She’s right about privilege. Famous people really only have to come out once, don’t they? Plebs have to come out dozens, hundreds, thousands of times – every time they meet a new group of people, start a new job, etc etc. Good on her for acknowledging that.

      • Junior says:

        Coming out is about love – she loves women. Good for her! But it’s possible to say so in a manner that isn’t so preachy and self-important. I find her irritating.

      • Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

        I work with a few gay and trans people. I don’t feel compelled to pat them on the back for their bravery every time I see them.

      • Shambles says:

        Yeah, I don’t think she meant to be preachy at all. To me, it read like she was sharing her own inner dialogue. Like she took a look at herself and said, to herself, “Damn dude, I’m in a place of priviledge, and I should use it.” What a concept, amirite? Anyway, I don’t think she meant to sermonize to her audience and say “USE YOUR F*CKIN’ PRIVILEGE.” She’s just sharing her own inner experience. Love this lady.

    • Patricia says:

      I don’t think that a harsh statement at all, and I agree with you.
      She hasn’t just been humorless since she came out. She’s always been that way. I’m very glad and proud that she came out, but I’m not a fan of her’s.

    • JKL says:

      You should watch her appearances on Craig Ferguson’s show, very funny and self-deprecating.

  4. Jules says:

    More Ellen Page, less Kartrashian please!

  5. Lindy says:

    Smart, talented, self-aware. I love her!

  6. Tiny Martian says:

    She truly is a stunning young woman. And I especially agree with her statement “Just get over yourself, honestly, and support those who are not as privileged. It’s like, You have f–king privilege, so do something with it.”

    Love it when celebrities are aware of this and decide to actually do something with their fame other than just continually build themselves up.

  7. Cannibell says:

    She’s a good one, no question. I’d like to see one of those “two stars interview each other” conversations with her and Emma Watson. That would be a fascinating read.

  8. Pandy says:

    Go Ellen! She’s from the same province I am so I have a special soft spot for her,

  9. bettyrose says:

    Paging Miley. Privilege alone is a platform. No bare tits needed (apologies to absolutely everyone for mentioning Miley on an Ellen thread).

    My whole life I’ve called girls with her look pixies, not tomboys. And I’ve had so many girl crushes with that look.

  10. Lily J says:

    I really like her, but to me, her face is very average tbh.

  11. JKL says:

    She’s so great. Intelligent and engaging, and yes, very stunning – especially her eyes.

  12. Naddie says:

    I love how good she feels about coming out. Such an inspiring young woman.
    I love her looks, she’s always natural and pretty but , I don’t see her as gorgeous at all, specially paired up with Julianne Moore (not trying to start a looks competition, just saying).

  13. Lk says:

    Really, there is no need to use the F word to be taken seriously.

  14. Josefa says:

    I think she’s really pretty, but in that girl-next-door, ordinary way. Loved everything she said. You do you, Ellen!

  15. InvaderTak says:

    She’s dangerously close to being sanctimonious about coming out. Just because it’s been liberating and easy (relatively) for her doesn’t mean it is or will be for everyone. The I did it why can’t you attitude isn’t helpful at all.

    • Josefa says:

      I don’t see how you get that. From all answers I’ve read from her – she always talks about her own experience. I don’t see how she’s pressuring anyone into coming out.

    • Div says:

      I got that vibe too. Good for her for coming out, but this seems vaguely like shaming other celebrities or privileged people who do not.