Logo

THR

Actress Pens a Powerful Take on the Jussie Smollett Case

Feb 27, 2019  •  Post A Comment

An Oscar-nominated actress went public with her reaction to Jussie Smollett’s apparent fake hate crime, writing a powerful guest column in The Hollywood Reporter. The piece published today under the headline “Hate Violence Is Not a Hoax” is written by Ellen Page, an LGBTQ+ activist who was nominated for an Oscar for “Juno” in 2008 and recently starred in the Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy.”

“The conversation around Jussie Smollett has led us all to examine hate violence and its implications and aftermath,” Page writes. “I had no reason to doubt Jussie. My work on ‘Gaycation’ — the docuseries I produced to chronicle LGBTQ+ stories from around the world — introduced me to many survivors of hate violence. I know how prevalent and pernicious it can be. If this situation was staged, it could make victims even more reluctant to report these crimes.”

She adds: “While the media and public debate the case and await more information, we must not lose sight of the very real, endemic violence that LGBTQ+ people, people of color and other underrepresented communities face every day.

“I ask you not to question our pain, not to draw into question our trauma, but to maintain, wholeheartedly, that hate violence exists. The merits of one case should not and cannot call that into question. The media coverage does not convey the reality and totality of the cruelty and danger we face. This is the story that must be told.”

We encourage readers to click on the link above to The Hollywood Reporter to read the full column.

7 Comments

  1. She failed to mention that this jerk cost the great city of Chicago thousands of dollars
    in police hours.

  2. Funny how she didn’t once apologize to the people she blamed for that fake attack. And regardless, I guarantee she doesn’t know a damn thing about the real LGBT hate that’s out there.

  3. How are we to judge her or anyone for that matter,unless you’ve experienced the situation your self. We need to learn to be a nation of acceptance and love. If he is guilty of faking this crime,the judicial system will take care of him. We are all to eager to judge someone else’s circumstances.

  4. Thanks, Hollywood millionaire, for reminding me to feel sorry for you.

  5. How about all the violence perpetuated against innocent people wearing MAGA hats?
    If bigotry is still such a problem, why do we see so many HOAXES occurring these last few years? Activists like you lose relevance without these stunts.
    What a hypocritical, typical Hollywood elite.

  6. Ellen Page is right, hate crimes are real. She is also right that “no one deserves to be victimized because of who they are”. However, if the facts play out as it seems they will, Jussie Smollett committed a hate crime! Not against himself, but against the group of people he wrongly accused of attacking him, white people who support MAGA. While I do not agree with the political stance of MAGA, it is a crime to attack them, simply because of who they are. That is the definition of a hate crime. If the facts show that Smollett faked his attack, Smollett should be charged with a hate crime. Anything less is to trivialize the seriousness of hate crimes.

  7. This lezzer needs to STFU. As a gay man myself, I find this fish’s need to jump up and presume to speak for all gay folk REALLY tiresome; she does NOT speak for me, and her whining, self-important, self-promoting babble does nothing but show her for the fool she is. She swallowed Smollett’s “me-me-me” story hook, line and sinker, and THEN she went back for the road and reel to boot … as such, her judgement, or the complete lack thereof, lacks MUCH to be desired. Make your tired movies, pretend you matter, blahblahblah … knock yourself out. But DO NOT think you get to speak for me, because YOU DO NOT.

    Moron.

Leave a Reply to Kelso Cancel Reply

Email (will not be published)