Screenshot from EllenTube. Ellen Page on the Ellen DeGeneres show Friday 15th Feb 2019.
Actress and activist Ellen Page has been using the publicity tour for new Netflix show The Umbrella Academy to open up a dialogue about LGBT rights.
The Umbrella Academy is a ten 10 episode series streaming now, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. It’s about a dysfunctional family of superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father's death, the threat of the apocalypse and more.
During interviews to promote the show, Page expressed her outrage at the mainstreaming of homophobia in politics and drew a link between anti-LGBT rhetoric and violence towards members of the LGBT community.
Here are some of her best quotes from the past few weeks:
Page’s appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday January 31st went viral two days after out Empire star Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked in a possible hate crime.
“I am fired up tonight, it feels impossible not to 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.”
“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 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 are going to kill themselves…and people are going to be beaten on the street.”
“I am lucky to have this time and the privilege to say this. This needs to f**king stop.”
On February 8, Page went viral on Twitter, where she called out actor Chris Pratt for his association with the anti-LGBTQ evangelical church, Hillsong.
"If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed."
"Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all."
"If lgbtq+ people are expressing their pain, their trauma, their experiences...maybe just try and listen? Open your heart, stop being defensive and have compassion. It’s a beautiful and life changing feeling, empathy. Much love truly to all."
Last Friday, Page appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show, where DeGeneres praised her activism and bravery.
“What people need to know is it’s life or death," Page said. "People need to know that when you’re growing up in a society that makes you feel like there’s something wrong with you.. that something needs to be fixed…it’s extremely dangerous and harmful.”
“We have so little representation in the media and we don’t learn about LGBTQ history in schools. These are the things that we need. You know what it’s like, Ellen.”
“I do,” DeGeneres replied.
“You know what it’s like to grow up and internalize homophobia and live with that shame that poisons you,” Page said.
“Oh, I do,” DeGeneres agreed.
Also on Friday, UK newspaper the Independent published an interview with Page where she again took aim at Mike Pence's homophobia.
“There is one side that is right, and there is one side that is wrong,” she said.
“Gay marriage... it’s not a debate. Whether you have the religious right to f***ing not serve a queer person or a trans person, that’s not a debate. And the media needs to stop treating it like it’s a debate.”
“It’s actually Not. A. Debate. It never has been. Like... Stop it.”
“I’ve met people who have dealt with the most brutal f***ing trauma because of the rhetoric and policies that are promoted by people in power, and it’s absolutely devastating. And I think people would know that more if we had more representation of LGBTQ people in the media.”
“This is f***ing life or death for people. It’s life or death. And that’s not an exaggeration.”
“If he (Mike Pence) wants to go home, and while he’s making breakfast in the morning, be thinking about how much he hates gay people, and doesn’t want them to be f***ing happy, be in your head with that,” she shrugs.
“But if you’re growing up in a society where it’s (OK) to be having a conversation about whether the rights of LGBTQ people exist or not... if a kid is growing up in a homophobic household, that is an abusive household. Full stop. It’s just flat out wrong, and I think that needs to start getting across, and people need to know that there’s really disastrous consequences. I’m not making those up.”