Cape Town – Ellen Page spoke up about hateful leadership, sharing valid points that are important for people to hear.
The actress appeared on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss her new Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy but was presented with the opportunity to speak her truth about the ill treatment of the LGBTQ community, and took it.
When first asked by Colbert if she thinks Hollywood has changed in terms of being more inclusive to the LGBTQ community, Page responded: “There is clear evidence that it has changed, that there is some progress, that there is some more representation.”
She added however that it is not enough, saying: “Honestly, I really think we need to hurry up. It’s not cutting it.”
Page went on to point out the lack of discussion about big issues including “environmental racism” and the hate crime attack on Jussie Smollett.
Clarifying on why she is so angry towards the blatant disregard of these issues, Page said: “It feels impossible to not feel this way right now with the President and 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 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 government of Indiana.”
The 31-year-old then urged people to “connect the dots” to make sense of the ill-treatment of marginalised communities.
“If you are in a position of power and you hate people and you want to cause suffering to them…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 concluded, saying: “I have travelled the world and I have met the most marginalised people you could meet. I am lucky to have this time and the privilege to say this. This needs to fucking stop.”
WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE: