Posting on her Facebook page, Ellen Page unleashed a damning indictment on the unchecked “ubiquitous behavior in the (Hollywood) industry,” of sexual harassment and homophobia, singling out disturbing experiences with filmmakers Brett Ratner and Woody Allen.
Page, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Juno, publicly came out in 2014. In her Facebook post, the actress revealed that Ratner humiliated her in 2006 on the set of X-Men: Last Stand, by suggesting to another actress on the film that she “fuck” Page, “to make her realize she’s gay.” Page added that she felt violated by this “pubic, aggressive outing,” which she says left her with “longstanding feelings of shame, one of the most destructive results of homophobia.” Within hours of Page’s post, Anna Paquin tweeted in solidarity, “I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you.”
The Flatliner’s star also claims that Ratner loudly referred to another woman on the film set as “flappy pussy.” Ratner’s attorney has not commented on this latest accusation, however, the director has a history and reputation for sexual misconduct, including an investigation by the Beverly Hills police back in 2001 following allegations of sexual battery, and, just last week, six women came forward with their own accusations against Ratner.
Admitting to her greatest career regret, Page sited accepting a role in Woody Allen’s 2012 film To Rome with Love, where inappropriate sexual behavior was “ubiquitous.” The accusations in her post also refer to other instances with unnamed men abusing their power, “I was sexually assaulted by a grip,” and “I was asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties and to tell them about it, I did not.”
In revealing these disturbing experiences, Page, noted, “It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work.” In this simple statement, the actress underscores the brutal reality of what her Facebook condemnation is all about, that she, like many men and women, are too often subjected and forced to quietly endure threatening behavior from their bosses and superiors. The actress hoped that her words would help, “in healing for the victims,” and, “For Hollywood to wake up and start taking some responsibility,” on what she calls an “endemic issue,” which, “leads to an enormous amount of suffering.”
Perhaps the most profound point in Ellen Page’s courageous statement, was about those women who do not have the means to protect themselves, “Let’s remember the epidemic of violence against women in our society disproportionately affects low income women, particularly women of color, trans and queer women and indigenous women, who are silenced by their circumstances and profound mistrust of the justice system,” noting that unlike these voiceless women, “I have the means to hire security if I feel threatened,” and “I have the privilege of having a platform that enables me to write this and have it published, while the most marginalized do not have access to such resources.”