On Thursday’s Late Show to promote her new Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, an adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s Dark Horse Comics series about a family of grown-up child superheroes, Ellen Page, instead, used her network airtime to fight some real-world evils. The actress and noted environmental and LGBTQ activist picked up on Stephen Colbert’s questions about her one-year anniversary with her wife, the dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, to deliver a blistering rebuke to those in positions of power—naming, naturally Donald Trump and Mike Pence—whose entire mission in life has been, according to Page, “to want to cause suffering.”
Segueing from a discussion of global warming—and the media’s coddling of those with a vested interest in still calling the end of “life as we know it” a debate—the Inception star laid into Pence by name a someone whose lifelong hatred of, and campaign against, gay people has caused untold but all-too-observable harm. Noting that the same news outlets and pundits that kowtow to the “debate” over global warming are also waffling over whether or not to call the racist, homophobic attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett on Tuesday a hate crime, Page had Colbert’s in-studio audience silently spellbound as she stated, passionately:
If you are in a position of power and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them—you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering. What do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused, and they’re going to kill themselves. And people are going to be beaten on the street. I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you can meet. I am lucky to have this time and this privilege to say this. This needs to fucking stop.