Actress Ellen Page responded to Jussie Smollett's controversy after infuriating the White House and Vice President Pence. She said she had "no reason to doubt" that the "Empire" star became the victim of a hate crime after he made his allegations.
In a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter, Page said that the argument over whether Smollett staged his own attack should not distract people from the "very real" violence confronting the LGBTQ community.
"While the Media When the public is discussing the case and expecting more information, we must not lose sight of the very real, endemic violence that LGBTQ + people, the colored and other under-represented communities face on a daily basis" her column.
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"The conversation about Jussie Smollett has led us all to investigate hate violence and its consequences and aftermath. I had no reason to doubt Jussie. Week ago, Page, who identifies herself as gay, used her performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to criticize Pence in the aftermath of Smollett's allegations.
"Vice President Mike Pence wishing I could not be married. Let's just be clear, "she said. "The Vice President of America wishes I did not have the love for my wife. He wanted to ban that in Indiana. He believes in conversion therapy. He hurt the LGBTQ people as bad as the governor of Indiana did.
She also said then, "When you are in a position of power and you hate people and you want to harm them ̵
Smollett, black and gay, claimed he was attacked by two men wearing Make America Great Again hats at the end of January in Chicago. He said the suspects threw racist and homophobic charges against him during the attack.
While the investigation was taking place, Chicago police said the new information led them to believe that Smollett had staged the attack to further his career.
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Page, which is currently in the Netflix series "Umbrella Academy": If the allegations are true, then Smollett staged the attack could further harm the LGBTQ community.
"If this situation happened, it could make the victims even more reluctant to report these crimes. Very real crime.
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. This page makes it clear to the public that a story does not distract them from true "danger".
"The merits of a case should not and should not call this into question. Media coverage does not convey the reality and totality of the cruelty and danger we face. This is the story that needs to be told. "