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Watch: Ellen Page Calls Out ‘Homophobic’ Mike Pence

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Watch: Ellen Page Calls Out ‘Homophobic’ Mike Pence

During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night, actress and activist Ellen Page called out US Vice President Mike Pence’s homophobia in an impassioned speech.

The interview was meant to promote her Netflix superhero show The Umbrella Academy. Instead, the segment started out with Colbert asking Page if Hollywood’s attitudes toward the LGBTQ community have gotten better.

Page responded that while things have improved, “we need to hurry up. It’s not cutting it.”

She later segued an exchange about climate change into the media’s treatment of the recent beating of Empire star Jussie Smollett, who is gay and black. Smollett was attacked in downtown Chicago on Tuesday. Smollett said he was assaulted by two masked men who also tied a rope around his neck, while making racist and homophobic remarks. He said his attackers threw an unknown chemical on him.

“We have a media that’s saying it’s a debate whether or not what just happened to Jussie Smollett is a hate crime. It’s absurd. This shit isn’t a debate,” Page told Colbert, who said he agreed.

Page then said the public needs to “connect the dots” between homophobic people in power and attacks on individuals.

“I’m like really fired up tonight but it feels impossible to not feel this way right now with the president and the Vice President Mike Pence, who like wishes I couldn’t be married,” Page continued.

“If you are in a position of power and you hate people and you want to cause suffering to them, and 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,” she said.

Page added she hopes Gaycation connected the dots for people.

“I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people. I am lucky to have this time and privilege to say this. This needs to fucking stop.”

Pence, who describes himself as a conservative Christian, has previously said gay marriage signifies the “societal collapse” and opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a military policy that forced US troops to remain in the closet.

Watch Page’s interview below:

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