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.