Ellen Page has long used her platform to talk about issues that matter, most notably LGBTI and women’s rights.
Since coming out in 2014, she has been a fierce advocate.
Today that continued when she published a lengthy, honest, and raw Facebook post. The statement details her own experiences with homophobia and harassment in Hollywood, as well as problems at large facing sexual abuse victims.
‘”You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay,”‘ her post begins.
‘He said this about me during a cast and crew “meet and greet” before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand. I was eighteen years old. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: “You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner.’
The director was accused of sexual misconduct by several women in the industry at the start of the month. Ratner stepped away from his various projects in light of these allegations.
His attorney, Martin Singer, denied the allegations and made the following statement: ‘I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.’
‘I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak,’ she continues.
‘He “outed” me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic. I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women.’
Anna Paquin, who starred in the X-Men movies alongside Page, tweeted she was there when Ratner made the comment.
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) November 10, 2017
‘The most destructive results of homophobia’
Page goes on, discussing the ‘long standing feelings of shame’ she suffered at the hands of this ‘public, aggressive outing’.
‘Ratner’s comment replayed in my mind many times over the years as I encountered homophobia and coped with feelings of reluctance and uncertainty about the industry and my future in it,’ she writes.
At one point, she reveals, she got into an ‘altercation’ with the director. He wanted her to wear a shirt that read ‘Team Ratner’. She refused and told him she wasn’t on his team.
‘They (abusers), want you to feel small, to make you insecure, to make you feel like you are indebted to them,’ her post continues.
Page opens up about being sexually assaulted by a grip and touched inappropriately by a director at a dinner.
Finally, she asks: ‘If I, a person with significant privilege, remain reluctant and at such risk simply by saying a person’s name, what are the options for those who do not have what I have?’
‘This is a long awaited reckoning’
Page’s post further acknowledges the disproportionate sexual abuse and violence that low income, queer, indigenous, trans, and women of color face.
She brings up in the men in Hollywood accused of sexual assault, like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, and those who were complicit in their actions.
She also acknowledges her own mistakes: ‘I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this.’
Finally, she discusses what she hopes will come of all this.
‘I want to see these men have to face what they have done. I want them to not have power anymore,’ she writes. ‘What I want the most, is for this to result in healing for the victims. For Hollywood to wake up and start taking some responsibility for how we all have played a role in this.’
‘This is a long awaited reckoning,’ she ends her post. ‘ I am grateful to anyone and everyone who speaks out against abuse and trauma they have suffered. You are breaking the silence. You are revolution.’
Ratner has not responded to Page’s post. GSN reached out to his reps for comment.
Read the whole post:
“You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He said this about me during a cast and crew “meet and greet”…