'I Had No Reason To Doubt Jussie': Ellen Page Responds To Smollett Case
Ellen Page has written a passionate opinion piece about the continuing fallout surrounding Jussie Smollett.
Smollett reported that he was attacked in Chicago on January 26 this year in what was described as a hate crime motivated by his race and sexuality.
The case has become more convoluted in the weeks since, with Chicago police claiming that Smollett staged the entire attack.
Page has now written a passionate opinion piece for the Hollywood Reporter, underlining the prevalence of violence and hate speech against LGBTQ and minority communities.
"I had no reason to doubt Jussie," she wrote, adding that her work on the docu-series Gaycation introduced her to countless 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. Very real crimes."
Page added that -- whatever the outcome of the Smollett case -- it was important to remember the very real violence that LGBTQ and minority communities face regularly.
"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."
She continued on to call out the dangers of queerphobia/transphobia and called on everyone to end the normalisation of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.
"I am going to use my voice and visibility to continue speaking and -- as storytellers and members of an industry with a global platform -- I implore you to join me," said Page.
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