Ellen Page Coming Out Does Matter, Whether You Think So Or Not

By Mack Rawden 9 months ago
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Every time a celebrity comes out of the closet, the conversation goes roughly the same way. A certain percentage of people turn around and loudly clap, use words like ďcourageĒ and take the speech or magazine interview or whatever as a sign of forward progress. Then, a certain percentage of other people respond to all the clapping and comments about ďcourageĒ and push back by saying, ďWhy the hell is this news?Ē Itís a weird, frustrating cycle, and itís one Cinema Blend gets caught in the middle of whenever an actor or actress like Ellen Page makes her sexual orientation known. So, letís talk about it. More specifically, letís talk about why it is news. But to do that, we need to talk about The Lord Of The Rings.

I donít get The Lord Of The Rings at all. I donít know if itís the subject matter, the length or what, but I donít get it. Those movies mean absolutely nothing to me. They might as well be in Russian. Iím like a brick wall when Iím watching them: emotionless and bored. But you know what? Just because they donít have the slightest effect on me doesnít mean the movies donít matter or their existence isnít incredibly important. My wife owns the extended editions of every single one, and when she watches them, she has a damn good time. She feels inspired, and in a small way, they improve her life.

And thatís great because movies exist to inspire. They exist to teach, to titillate, to distract, to amuse and to entertain. They help us bond and help us make connections. They offer common ground, subject matter to talk about and excuses to laugh. Theyíre a diversion with enormous impact, and whether weíre interested or not, the men and women responsible for making these cultural touchstones are idolized, looked up to and talked about on a daily basis by millions of people.

In some ways, this celebrity worship is a bad thing. Itís invasive. Itís silly, and it elevates people who might not be predisposed to being good role models. It also doesnít always make complete sense. For example: why did we spend a decade going to Oprah Winfrey for book recommendations when we could have found an author to ask for suggestions? Celebrity gossip and hero worship are pursuits often rife with stupidity and superficial thinking, and because of that, itís really, really easy to roll our eyes at it.

If you can look past this celebrity gossip culture and accept it as a fact, however, you would notice there are some positives that come from reading about George Clooney pranks, just as thereís a ton of good that came from Oprahís book club. Millions of people reading is never a bad thing, and in that same way, neither is a sensible actress with her shit together standing up and letting people know sheís interested in women and thatís okay. If people are going to obsess about the the stars they see on screen and what they wear, why not aggressively point the finger when their personal life can actually have a positive impact?

It would be awesome if peopleís sexual orientations didnít matter, but the truth is they still do. Gay, lesbian and trans teenagers have suicide rates that dwarf national averages. Right now, there are thousands that are lonely, isolated and sitting at home on a Saturday night because theyíre ashamed or because they donít have people to talk to. Whether we want to make an issue about them or not, these kids exist, and they are desperately crying out for role models. They are crying out to be inspired and to see someone else they can relate to act courageously so they can do so in their own lives. They want to feel a connection to someone in the same way all of us want to feel a connection when we go to the movies, and if they need to get it through an actress because Hollywood isnít exactly churning out tons of gay characters to feel a connection with every year, so be it.

If you donít care, thatís fine. I donít give a ratís ass about Lord Of The Rings, and that doesnít make me a bad person. Donít for one second, however, think because you donít care itís not important or it isnít news to movie fans. Iím not presumptuous enough to assume Lord Of The Rings is a waste of time just because I donít like it, and itís faulty thinking to ignore that logic for coming out stories. There are thousands of teenage girls out there who love Juno and love Ellen Page. They now suddenly have a strong, brilliant actress to look up to. They now suddenly have a woman to look at and say, ďIt can get better.Ē

Her coming out wonít speed up the release of The Guardians Of The Galaxy trailer, but it still matters to a certain segment of movie fans. So, it matters to Cinema Blend, and it always will matter.

Rock on, Ellen Page. Rock on.
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