Ellen Page Opens up About Brett Ratner (Warning: Disturbing Written Content)

Ellen Page has come out with a lengthy public post about working with Brett Ratner (yes, this guy).

She tackles not just Ratner, but a long, disturbing list of offenses she has faced since beginning her acting career at age 10. I am posting the opening two paragraphs, but I encourage people to read the entire 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” 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.

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. I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea. 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. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her “flappy pussy”

I posted about Louis CK yesterday, and feel bad for now posting this. But, we all have a long history of discussing popular culture together good and bad, and whereas I may think to post this on Reddit, or even share on Facebook, I feel like the quality of insight into this kind of miserable behavior in entertainment would be more worthwhile here. I apologize if I am being the “bad news guy”. I promise to post something positive soon to make up for my first two additions to The Avocado.

Actually, since this is so disturbing if you need a reminder there is good in the world, watch this dog save this other dog, because we don’t deserve dogs.