Ellen Page Calls Out Vice President Mike Pence's Anti-Gay Rhetoric in a Powerful Interview
Ellen Page initially sat down on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss her upcoming Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy, but the conversation quickly veered into more serious topics. Clearly emotional and "fired up," as she herself admitted, Page ripped Vice President Mike Pence's hateful leadership and harmful views of the LGBTQ+ community a new one.
"It feels impossible to not feel [fired up] right now, with the president and the vice president, Mike Pence, who wishes I couldn't be married," she incredulously told Colbert, as the host pulled out a photo of Page with her wife, Emma Portner. "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."
The actress, who came out publicly in 2014, then mentioned the recent, horrific beating of Empire actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, a hate crime, and how it's a direct result of the president and vice president's homophobic, anti-gay rhetoric:
"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 for 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're going to kill themselves. And people are going to be beaten in the street. I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you can meet. I am lucky to have this time and this privilege to say this: this needs to f*cking stop."
Make sure you watch Page's powerful interview in full, above.