Ellen Page Cries as She Suggests Mike Pence Is to Blame for Jussie Smollett Attack

"This is what happens," a visibly upset Ellen Page said of Jussie Smollett's attack

Update: In December 2020, Elliot Page came out as trans and announced that they use he/they pronouns. This content was written in February 2019, before Page publicly announced that they are trans.

Ellen Page got emotional while talking about the discrimination the LGBTQ community faces during an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Host Stephen Colbert started the interview by asking Page, 31, if Hollywood had become more inclusive over her years in the business. The actress was honest about how much she felt like her industry had to “hurry up” as she got emotional recounting her own struggles after coming out as gay in 2014.

Page later got to discussing hate crimes against marginalized groups.

“I’m like, really fired up right now. It feels impossible not to feel this way right now with the president and the Vice President Mike Pence, who wishes I couldn’t be married, let’s just be clear,” Page said as Colbert held up a picture and her and wife Emma Portner, 24.


She continued, “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.”

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Page then referenced the apparent hate crime attack Empire actor Jussie Smollett suffered earlier this week. Smollett, 36, told police he was targeted by two black-clad, masked men in Chicago’s Streeterville section near his home on Tuesday. The actor said the men beat him, poured a chemical that may have been bleach on him and a rope around his neck.

In his second interview with police, Smollett remembered his attackers calling out the abbreviation of President Donald Trump‘s slogan “Make America Great Again,” according to a statement from the Chicago police previously obtained by PEOPLE.

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Page said those in positions of power who push hateful rhetoric are to blame for attacks like Smollett.

“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’re going to kill themselves and people are going to be beaten on the street,” she said while tearing up and visibly angry.

“I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you could meet. I am lucky to have this time and the privilege to say this. This needs to f—- stop,” Page finished while fighting back tears as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.

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