February 15, 2014 at 10:19 am #140542
Surprised no one has posted this yet – Page came out at an industry LGBT youth forum yesterday, sort of matter of factly but also saying she was overdue for doing so. She has a decent career going, so there is some degree of risk involved, but since her roles tend not to be conventional she likely will be fine.
It’s worth noting (and this has been discussed a lot here before) that in a week when Michael Sam made news as an NFL prospect, he still likely faces an easier path than any up and coming male gay actor. Though homophobia is on the decrease, the nature of film stardom – most actors who are successful are thought to be on-screen extensions of their real-life personae, before even going into the reality that 2/3s of film business is international, where homophobia in some major markets is a much bigger issue – means that the NFL is now likely more gay-friendly (in terms of work attitude, not personal beliefs) than Hollywood.
Brava to Page though for her step.February 15, 2014 at 10:30 am #140544
Huh. Well then, good for her. Almost makes me forgive her for Juno and for shilling on behalf of Cisco spycams.February 15, 2014 at 10:37 am #140545
Here’s the quite moving video:February 15, 2014 at 11:45 am #140546
I thought she was already out. I could have sworn it. Oh well, good for her.
With the plague of suicides by gay kids who are discriminated and bullied by bigots, every person who comes out will help to save lives. The choice to keep her sexual orientation private would have been easier, so she deserves to be commended. I known there is a lot of cynicism growing about famous people coming out, but I really do think it is critically important. Gay kids will look to her (someone closer to their age group) and perhaps see hope even if they are crushed under intolerance.February 15, 2014 at 11:56 am #140547
I wanted to say that Hollywood today is much more accepting toward gay people – but then I realized that all the examples of actors recently coming out – that I remember at least – work in television. And for some reason, they’re all men. I don’t think this will change anything about her career though.
And I’m happy for her, she seemed really relieved to get this out there.February 15, 2014 at 11:59 am #140548
Incredibly moving speech. For some unknown reason I thought she was already out of the closet but it seems that she was not. I’m happy for her, for her fans and for the people she’s helping with this.February 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm #140549
^ could you clarify that???February 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm #140550
Yes, please explain what you mean Tyler.February 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm #140551
Why wouldn’t everyone be okay with it? She spoke her truth. She didn’t harm anyone. The major ramifications from her coming out will be hers to face. I think she’ll continue to get quirky roles in indies, being a lesbian won’t change that.February 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm #140552
lol, i knew that someone will bitching about it.
It’s perfectly okay to come out as gay. I loved Ellen Page, and I love her now even more for being 100% honest. My only sadness is that her movie career sucks lately. I hope she’ll go back for “Juno” “Hard Candy” type of roles soon! God bless her!February 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm #140553
I think Ellen Page is a great actress. I was raised in a strong Christian household, and I myself still garner this belief that it’s not the homosexuals themselves that I hate, but the lifestyle, the act of homosexuality, that I don’t like. I am not homophobic at all. It doesn’t change my opinion of her, but I simply think that homosexuality as an act is wrong, while the people themselves are not.
I think that’s still homophobia.February 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm #140554
So I assume you also don’t eat pork or shellfish, since they are listed as equally damnedable abominations in the same chapter of Leviticus that condemns homosexuality. Or think that men can have multiple wives (also approved in the Bible) and that slavery is OK. It’s all there in the same place.
If not, you are a hypocrite, or at the least taught by people who confused religion with their personal sexual hangups.
If you were raised in a Christian household, then your religion is guided by the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus. Homosexuality is not mentioned once in the NT (although the idea of a bunch of 20 and 30 something men joining an unmarried man and leaving their wives to do so seems a bit gay). And being Christian is a lifestyle. Being gay is not.
I respect you for voicing your contrary opinion. But let this be a moment where you start taking off the blinders and lies you have been fed all your life.February 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm #140555
[quote=”DominicCobb”][quote=”tyman21″]I think Ellen Page is a great actress. I was raised in a strong Christian household, and I myself still garner this belief that it’s not the homosexuals themselves that I hate, but the lifestyle, the act of homosexuality, that I don’t like. I am not homophobic at all. It doesn’t change my opinion of her, but I simply think that homosexuality as an act is wrong, while the people themselves are not.
I think that’s still homophobia. [/quote]
It’s only homophobia if I hate the people. I don’t hate the people at all. [/quote]
No, it’s homophobia if you hate the homosexuals and/OR the homosexuality.February 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm #140556
Homophobia is not hatred of gays. It is fear of gays (phobia = fear). And spare me your “I don’t hate people.” Your beliefs are hateful.