This is unimaginably tragic.
The team did release a statement on the matter, though (below):
But along with the countless messages of support Ellen got following her announcement, there were others who were far less congratulatory!
Anne Rice knows first-hand how ugly the internet can get after someone famous comes out as gay. Miz Rice has a gay son herself (writer Christopher Rice) so she DOES NOT tolerate hate speech! The author offered her support to Ellen on her Facebook page over the weekend but was then berated by anti-gay commenters!
So she sounded off against those spouting Christian conservatism on her wall in what can only be described as an epic Anne Rice throw down!
"Our post commending actress Ellen Page for her courage in coming out as gay attracted a lot of hostility and hate and hate speech — as well as positive and substantive comments. I have banned many from the page today. I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief with the usual irresponsible pick and choose bible quotes and talk of "sin" and hellfire. I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too. Again, I commend Ellen Page for her bravery in coming out. I hope more celebrities and public figures will be inspired to do so. Anyone who thinks this does not matter is deceiving himself or herself. It matters very much. Gay people in all walks of life suffer from bigotry, bias, superstition, and ignorance. Hats off to Ellen Page! (And please do NOT come here to tell us publicly that you "don't care." If you don't care, don't expect us to care that you don't care!).”
Are you standing up and clapping? Because we are!
Well put, Anne!
It takes A LOT of guts to stand up and finally be out and proud!
You know what doesn’t take guts? Spewing hateful words at someone who made the decision to do something wonderful!
Anne, Ellen - we support both of you 100%!
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