At the Iowa State Fair yesterday, actress Ellen Page confronted Presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz, about what he plans to do about LGBT rights in Amur’ica, which are still being taken away because of how arse-backwards the country’s political system is.
“What about the question of LGBT people being fired for being gay-trans?” she asked Cruz while he was exercising his heterosexual masculinity by grilling up meat on a BBQ.
“Well, what we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith,” he responded before being cut off by Page.
“Yeah, for discriminating against LGBT people.”
“No, for living according to their faith,” he retaliated.
“Well, then people would have used that argument in the segregation era,” Page asserted.
Apparently, Cruz had no interest in getting into a debate with Page about basic human rights that should take precedence over a value system that has failed to evolve alongside the rest of humanity. Instead, he went on a mini rant about how Christianity is being persecuted.
“No one has the right to force someone else to abandon their faith and their conscience,” Cruz later told Page before going on to claim that the Obama administration has ignored the execution of gays in ISIS-occupied turf in the Middle East.
Gay rights is an ultra personal cause for Page, who came out a few years ago, and she recently sat down with Variety
to dish about how awesome life since going public with her sexuality.
“I’m happier than I probably could imagine. Now it doesn’t feel like I was ever not out. It’s hard for me to imagine not existing in the way that I’m existing now. It boggles my mind that it seemed so difficult and so impossible. I wish I’d done it sooner, quite frankly. Some dark cloud has completely evaporated, thank goodness.”
In the interview, she also praised Hollywood for becoming more accepting of genders that reside outside heteronormative culture, most notably the trans community, and how the industry is putting gays and lesbians at the centre of today’s biggest blockbuster films.
“Whenever you’re telling a story about a minority group, it’s potentially not as appealing because there’s a feeling it’s not going to get the audience a financier it needs. I feel like it’s been proven wrong time and time again, particularly when you’re looking at the diversity on TV right now. You can tell that’s what people want.”
As for why she spent her afternoon at the Iowa State Fair, Page was working for Vice
on its new project, “Gaycation”.
Image credit: Tumblr/fy-ellenpage