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In applauding Ellen Page's coming out, novelist Anne Rice takes on Facebook 'hate speech'

'I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief ... I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too'

In applauding Ellen Page's coming out, novelist Anne Rice takes on Facebook 'hate speech'

After best-selling author Anne Rice took to Facebook over the weekend to applaud the courage of actress Ellen Page for coming out publicly as a lesbian, the hate started pouring in.

Rice, whose book Interview With a Vampire was made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, decided to take on the flood of hate speech with a message on her fan page making clear she had heard enough.

‘I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief with the usual irresponsible pick and choose bible quotes and talk of “sin” and hellfire,’ she wrote. ‘I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too.’

Rice, 72, has sold nearly 100 million books in her career and her son, best-selling novelist Christopher Rice, is gay. Her son was among the more than 25,000 people who clicked ‘Like’ to Rice’s post.

She also wrote: ‘I commend Ellen Page for her bravery in coming out. I hope more celebrities and public figures will be inspired to do so. Anyone who thinks this does not matter is deceiving himself or herself. It matters very much. Gay people in all walks of life suffer from bigotry, bias, superstition, and ignorance.’

Rice also had a message for the many people who take the to comment on a topic such as this and state that they ‘don’t care.’

‘Please do NOT come here to tell us publicly that you “don’t care,"’ Rice wrote. ‘If you don’t care, don’t expect us to care that you don’t care!’

On Monday (17 February), Rice engaged with some of her followers who had been put off and the debate raged on.

The author seemed willing to engage reasonable debate but reiterated that she would ban anyone from her page who engaged in hate speech.


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