Ellen Page, beloved queer actor, spoke out on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert after being asked a question about her wife. Page answered with a monologue connecting the attack on openly gay Empire star Jussie Smollett, who was injured in what appears to be a hate crime last week, and this administration’s anti-LGBTQ policies. Page, who said she was “fired up” about the incident, blasted President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their stance on LGBTQ rights.
Smollett was attacked last week in Chicago in a possible hate crime incident. Two men allegedly yelled both homophobic and racial slurs at the actor before attacking him and wrapping a rope around his neck. Smollett also reported that the men yelled “MAGA country,” referring to President Trump’s slogan.
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“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’re going to kill themselves and people are going to be beaten on the street,” Page told Colbert. “It feels impossible not to feel this way right now with the president and the vice president Mike Pence, who wishes I could not be married, let’s just be clear,” she said.
“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,” Page continued. The Trump administration has made several anti-LGBTQ moves during its time in power, including eliminating the ability of trans people to serve in the military and changing the enforcement of civil rights laws. “Connect the dots,” she told viewers.