Jussie Smollett, an out gay actor who stars on “Empire,” was attacked early Tuesday morning in Chicago in what police are characterizing as a possible hate crime. The assault involved two men yelling out “racial and homophobic slurs” at Smollett, pouring an “unknown chemical substance” on him, and wrapping a rope around his neck, according to the Chicago Police Department. Ellen Page blamed Trump government for this incident.
A “fired up” Ellen Page slammed the Trump administration, and in particular Vice President Mike Pence, for its anti-LGBTQ policies and rhetoric during an emotional interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night.
When asked about her thoughts on the incident with Smollett, she said while holding her tears, “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.”
When Colbert showed a photo of Page with her wife, Emma Portner, 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.”
She said that she hoped her show “Gaycation,” a Viceland docuseries that explores the lives of LGBTQ people around the world, helped illuminate how governmental policies and rhetoric affect people’s lives.
“I have travelled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you could meet,” she said. “I am lucky to have this time and the privilege to say this. This needs to fuc*ing stop.”
The speech was met with applause and cheers from the audience.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) February 1, 2019
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