Ellen Page Lets Stand Blaming Trump Administration For Hoax Hate Crime

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Before the story was determined to be a hoax, Page appeared on "The Late Show" and gave an impassioned plea in which she said people should "connect the dots" between the Trump administration, especially Vice President Mike Pence, and the alleged attack on Smollett. She also spoke about the psychological toll that hate speech has on members of the LGBTQ+ community, leading them to self-harm or to not report violence for fear of not being believed.

In the early hours of January 29, 2019, Empire actor Jussie Smollett claims he was attacked by two men using racial and homophobic slurs.

The 32-year-old actress penned a guest column for THR, writing, "The conversation around Jussie Smollett has led us all to examine hate violence and its implications and aftermath".

"The article is titled, "'I'm About to Break': "Jussie Smollett and the Pressure of Hollywood Fame".

"I know how prevalent and pernicious it can be", she added.

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Page notes that she benefits from her "income and status", but she has "not escaped the threats of violence and the very real acts of violence and harassment that threaten and endanger our community and other underrepresented people". If Jussie Smollett did stage a hate-crime hoax and blame it on MAGA supporters, then some feel that the real victims in the case are those who support the president. LGBTQ people, especially trans women of color, are at a greater risk as well. "This is the story that must be told", Page said.

I ask you not to question our pain, not to draw into question our trauma, but to maintain, wholeheartedly, that hate violence exists.

One question is whether the pressures and anxieties of modern fame played any role in Smollett's seemingly inexplicable behavior.

Ellen Page stated the following in an op-ed she wrote for the Hollywood Reporter.

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