Frustrated by anti-LGBTQ views held by current elected officials and Mike Pence in particular, Ellen Page urged Stephen Colbert's audience to "connect the dots."
New Civil Rights Movement | February 4, 2019
Ellen Page did not mince words and did not hold back in a powerful and strong attack on Vice President Mike Pence Thursday night. The 31-year old actress, who married dancer Emma Portner last year, appeared on The Late Show and blamed Pence for anti-LGBTQ hate and violence.
“Connect the dots,” she urged the audience, linking the Vice President’s staunch anti-LGBTQ agenda, including from when he was the governor of Indiana and a U.S. Congressman, to hate and violence.
“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,” Page charged.
“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 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 fucking stop.”
Page was referring to her VICELAND show Gaycation, during which she traveled to several countries around the world and interviewed anti-LGBTQ extremists.
“Sorry, I’m really fired up tonight, but it feels impossible to not feel this way right now with the President and Vice President Mike Pence, who 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,” Page told Colbert.
Page said Pence “has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana, and I think the thing we need to know, and I hope my show Gaycation did this in terms of connecting the dots, in terms of what happened the other day to Jussie [Smollett] — I don’t know him personally, I send all of my love. Connect the dots.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) February 1, 2019
Written by David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement. Photo: screencap, via NCRM