Ellen Page on the hate crime against Jussie Smollett: ‘This sh-t isn’t a debate’

Ellen Page was on The Late Show last week, and she’s getting a lot of headlines for speaking out so clearly against the anti-LGBTQ policies of the current administration, and for the despicable way the media is reporting the hate crime against Jussie Smollett. Ellen has been married to her wife, Canadian dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, for a year. They opened by discussing that and joking that Emma is taller than Ellen. Then they talked about serious issues and Ellen teared up when she mentioned the abuse she suffered early in her career. It was moving and I could feel her pain and her resolve in just spelling out how awful things are. She’s also an outspoken environmentalist and they talked about climate change along with the fact that the policies of the current administration are responsible for the rise in hate crimes. The interview is well worth watching, I got choked up at points, and here are some highlights:

I first interviewed you five years ago after you first came out. Has it changed in the last few years?
There is some progress, some more representation. Honestly I really think we need to hurry up. It’s not cutting it. Hollywood and the film industry in particular is just so binary and narrow in its ideas of who can tell stories and who can be in the stories. Clearly, there are changes and extraordinary people leading the way. I hope it continues to go quicker. There’s certain things I’m just sick and tired of.

In terms of the misogyny and homophobia I’ve dealt with [in my career] it’s really unfortunate. I dealt with a lot of stuff that was totally normalized since [I was] really young.

How can we get the public and the media to pay more attention to global warming?
The most marginalized people are the ones that are suffering the most currently. Including the environmental racism that is happening in Canada. It disproportionately affects people of color. We need to be talking about it, it’s really serious. By 2030 the world as we know it, that’s it.

The urgency os so severe and we have a media that’s barely talking about it. We have a media that’s saving it’s a debate whether or not what happened to Jussie Smollett is a hate crime, it’s absurd. This sh-t isn’t a debate.

I’m like really fired up tonight. It feels impossible to not feel this way right now with the President and the Vice President Mike Pence who like wishes I couldn’t be married. Let’s just be clear. 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.

“Connect the dots”
In terms of what happened to Jussie: 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 people. You spend your career trying to cause suffering. What do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused and they’re going to kill themselves and people are going to be beaten on the street.

I have traveled the world and have met the most marginalized people. I am lucky to have the time and the privilege to say this. This needs to f’ing stop.

[From The Late Show]

That was so moving, so true and so powerful. I get like this a lot about issues. I get upset, I get mad and I rage a bit. I have cut people out of my life who don’t get it, or who call me an alarmist or too extreme. I don’t know how else to be about it, it’s so f’ing obvious, and I so appreciate Ellen Page just telling it like it is, getting mad and upset and being outspoken. I also appreciate this platform we have and know that there is no other way to report these things. Lately there really is just one side that’s right. There are facts, there’s basic human decency, and then there’s the other “side” that wants everything their way to the detriment of everyone else.

Also, where can I get a shirt like hers? I would wear the hell out of that.




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  1. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I watched this last week and couldn’t stop the tears.

  2. Erinn says:

    I couldn’t watch because I know I’ll cry. I just love her. I’ve always adored Ellen, and I’m glad to see she’s using her platform so consistently for good. She really is an absolutely lovely human, and I’m so proud that she’s one of ‘ours’ from NS. She also makes sure her voice is heard when it comes to issues affecting NS like the teachers strikes from last year – she just is such a good egg.

  3. Rachael says:

    This is what bravery looks like. Thank you for posting this type of content. Please have an Ellen Page sticky post. Kthanks.

    • Steff says:

      Ellen is the very definition of courageous. She stood up, face to face, with Jair Bolosaro (the new Brasilian president) who is violently against lbgtq people, and let him have it. I cannot stress enough how amazing she is.

  4. adastraperaspera says:

    Ellen is right. Rich families have bought out the largest media companies, fired qualified journalists, squelched investigative journalism and presented entertainment panels as “news.” Nothing substantial is reported on. Everything, even an attempted lynching, is just presented as “content” to be debated. It’s reprehensible. Her voice rings out in the midst of this terrible time. She’s brave and true.

  5. Idiotsgalore says:

    I LOVE ELLEN PAGE!!!! I have loved her since Juno!

    • Erinn says:

      Miiiiight have named our dog Juno based on that ahaha. I remember her from Pit Pony and really early Trailor Park Boys episodes though – she was always just adorable and charismatic.

  6. Sparkly says:

    I was so moved when I watched that. I’m so glad to see people calling it out publicly and demanding change. Sometimes I feel like all the ‘little people’ are just screaming into a void that doesn’t even recognize us. It’s great to see someone acknowledge their privilege and use it for good.

  7. Redgrl says:

    Always loved her since Trailer Park Boys! She is a very thoughtful and articulate advocate.

  8. h3Rh1GHN3SS says:

    love & appreciate her passion. as a marginalized person with no privilege Its nice to she her feel this pain and use her voice.

  9. CharliePenn says:

    I feel like a crazy person the way I’m freaking out about climate change and then it’s just crickets in the media… why are we not interested in this? Why are we not freaking out? Why is solving this problem NOT at the forefront of conversation?
    Is it all because of denial? Is it because of big business? Is it complete nihilism throughout our entire society?! It upsets me and makes me feel crazy for caring and being scared. Glad to hear Ellen say these words.

    Also on a more superficial note, her wife makes the same exact face I do when I think I’m smiling for pictures. Squeezed little mouth and dimples showing. It looks cute on her!

  10. LB says:

    Celebitchy: Here’s how else to be about it. Hold onto your convictions and your perspective while recognizing that you are fallible, that even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and without mentally throwing the bad guys on the trash heap. We have to live in the same country as Trump supporters and their ilk — how do you suggest we do that? It’s in everyone’s best interest to humanize the other and try to understand where they are coming from, without necessarily condoning their actions or making compromises.

  11. Jkl says:

    Love Ellen so much. Always standing up for the right reasons.

  12. Lindsey says:

    Wow. Such a needed message.

  13. paranormalgirl says:

    She’s an amazing human being.