When self-described tiny Canadian Ellen Page was orginally booked as a guest on last night's Late Show With Stephen Colbert, everyone no doubt expected the former Juno star to be plugging her two new projects The Umbrella Academy and the mini-series Tales of the City.
Things started out light enough with Colbert pulling out a recent photo of Page and her wife Emma Portner, who were married last January. That led to talk of the way that women are treated in Hollywood, with Page describing the beginning of her career as being marked by all kinds of sexist, misogyinist, and generally gross incidents.
After moving on to global warming, things started to get really heavy when Page turned to the recent beating in Chicago of Empire star Jussie Smollett, who is gay. Describing the attack as a "hate crime", she proceeded to get rolling.
Page suggested that people connect the dots between such incidents and the way that U.S. President Donald Trump and notoriously anti-gay Vice-President Mike Pence have treated the LGBTQ community specifically, and those they don't agree with in general.
As Colbert and the audience listened without making a sound, she called out Pence and Trump with the following: "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."
Colbert sat there listening intently, after which the equally appreciative audience gave Page an extended ovation.
Watch the segment here, where Page at one point said "I'm really fired up tonight". And yes, by the end of her appearance, she did get around to talking about The Umbrella Academy.