What This Hollywood Actress Just Said About Actors Who Play Gay Characters Is Catching On

Western Journalism recently reported on the impromptu debate between Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and outspoken gay actress Ellen Page. While many on the right bristled at her comparison of Christians to Islamic terrorists, some conservative news outlets are heralding her recent comments regarding the way actors are perceived when they accept roles as gay characters.

In a recent interview with Time, she dismissed the notion that her recent performance as a lesbian in the upcoming film Freeheld was an act of bravery.

“Maybe this is a bad thing to say,” she replied, “but I have a hard time when people call actors brave. I don’t really get that, because our job is to read something on a page.”

She went on to call it “borderline offensive” to assert that anyone is brave merely for portraying a gay character on screen.

“I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person,” she reasoned, “and nor should I be.”

The interview eventually navigated toward Page’s criticism of the Republican Party and ostensibly out-of-touch Americans who do not endorse her lifestyle.

“It still happens everywhere,” she said of “disdain and cruelty” against gays. “There hasn’t been one GOP candidate, I don’t think, who’s outwardly spoken to a gay rights activist.”

She further lambasted the “shame and toxicity that exists in people” who she asserts make life uncomfortable for gays.

Page concluded by taking a stab at Americans of faith, pointing out that gays are treated better in her home country of Canada because “religion is way less intense.”

Insisting that “you can’t even have a conversation” with religious individuals, she complained that so many people are concerned about her eternal soul.

“Everyone’s typically quite polite,” she acknowledged. “But they’re telling you who you are is wrong and at some point you will find God, and I’ll be with a man.”

She ended the interview with a direct message for anyone who fits that bill.

“Well, not gonna happen, but you enjoy your time in heaven. I’ll be down in hell.”

Should Christians evolve to embrace Ellen Page’s views on sexuality? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Reporters Had Footage Of On-Air Killer’s Car Crash…Here’s The Chilling Thing The Police Wanted Them To Do With It

What police told BBC video journalist Franz Strasser to do Wednesday, as he sought to cover the apprehension of alleged murderer Vester Flanagan, was completely unprecedented in his multi-year career.   

Following the on-air murder of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward in the Roanoke area, Flanagan reportedly fled the scene, eventually ending up in northern Virginia on I-66 heading east. That is where police caught up with the suspect. After resisting calls to stop his vehicle, Flanagan veered off the road, stopped his car and shot himself.  

Strasser, who is Washington, D.C-based, was en route to Roanoke with BBC reporter Tara McKelvey, going in the opposite direction on I-66 when they noticed no oncoming traffic. Then, suddenly ahead, they saw several police cars had converged on a silver vehicle on the other side of the freeway (Flanagan’s rental car).

Strasser pulled his car off into the median about 200 yards away from where the police were, grabbed his camera and began filming. The two quickly realized that they had stumbled upon the Flanagan arrest scene. 

Image Credit: Facebook/Franz Strasser

Image Credit: Facebook/Franz Strasser

Six police officers rushed towards them yelling, “Get back to your car!” according to the Virginian-Pilot

They followed the instructions, with Strasser seeking first to open his trunk to put his camera away. An officer came up and closed his trunk before he could.

“You’re not going anywhere. Your car is being towed,” the officer told him. “You’re parked illegally.”

The officer then asked about the footage: “What’s on that camera? That could be evidence. We need to seize that.”

He took the camera and sought to view the footage, but could not figure out how it worked. The officer directed Strasser to show it to him. The journalist said that he really needed to get on to Roanoke. The police then instructed him to delete the footage, which he reluctantly did.

Franz Strasser tweets

The veteran cameraman, who has covered the Sandy Hook shootings, the Boston Marathon bombing and Ferguson, had never heard of such a thing. Sometimes he has been told to stop filming or to move away, but never to erase what he already has.

Strasser wrote on his Facebook page later that day: “Recovered some images of our encounter with the police today. Working on recovering the full video, too.” He noted the officer who ordered him to delete his footage is not shown in the pictures he posted. 

Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, told the Virginian-Pilot:

There are narrow circumstances in which police could ask for video footage or obtain it with a search warrant, he said. For instance, if a serious crime was committed and police believe that if they didn’t seize a camera, evidence would be lost or destroyed, they can ask for consent to view the images or get a search warrant, he said.

In this case, the trooper violated the reporter’s First Amendment right to free speech, his Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizure and his 14th Amendment right not to be deprived of property without due process, Osterreicher said.

“It would seem from that conversation that the trooper was very interested that whatever images (Strasser) had never see the light of day,” he said.

The Daily Sheeple reports that the “National Press Photographer’s Association has requested a formal investigation of the Wednesday incident. Corrine Geller, a representative for the Virginia State Police, says it is investigating the incident. In a tweet to Strasser, she said, ‘VSP is aware of this incident and we are looking into it, as such actions violate VSP policy.’”

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Sheriff Clarke: The Constitution Does Not Prevent Horrific Acts Done By Human Beings

Within hours of the horrific on-air shooting of two TV journalists in Virginia, prominent Democrats tried to politicize the tragedy by calling for greater federal gun control.

President Barack Obama:

What we know, is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke threw the book at liberals for what he called their shameless attempt to exploit the shocking murders.

Shame on the left, shame on the Democrats for once again exploiting misery and tragedy to pursue a political agenda. Shame on the President of the United States to invoke terrorism into this horrific incident that happened in Virginia.

Sheriff Clarke pointed to the U.S. Constitution in his argument that Democrats are using grief as a motivator to restrict liberty.

This document, the Constitution, protects freedom and liberty. It does not prevent horrific acts done by human beings.

Sheriff Clarke insists that the law enforcement community already knows how to prevent gun violence.

You identify the bad guys, you arrest the bad guys, you adjudicate them and once they’re convicted, you lock them up for the longest period of time allowed by law.

The Wisconsin Sheriff sharply criticized President Obama’s reaction to the murders on live television.

This was a chance for the president to bring the country together, and once again, the divider-in-chief goes out and further separates us.

Do you agree with Sheriff Clarke’s criticism of Obama, Hillary, and others? Share and comment below.

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Watch: Couple Was Listening To Their Baby Monitor When They Hear This CHILLING Message

An Indianapolis couple is unnerved after a video monitoring system in their daughter’s room was hacked into Wednesday.

The Denman’s two-year-old daughter was playing with her mother in her room when suddenly music began to play through the device, WTTV reported.

“Our privacy was just invaded,” said Jared Denman. “Someone was playing ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police.”

Denman’s wife first believed it was a joke, but it soon became apparent the baby monitor was hacked.

“He started doing sexual noises on the camera,” Denman said.

It agitated me a lot because who is to know if those people are even aware that the videos have been posted online. We kind of felt violated and we didn’t feel secure in our own home.

While it is not exactly known who committed the hack, the family has a suspect in mind. WTTV pointed to a Twitter account notorious for showing off its hacking performances. The account’s bio is simply, “Every breath you take, every move you make…,” a key refrain in “Every Breath You Take.” The alleged hackers have reportedly played the song in other hacks before.

“It tends to be quite easy, especially when there is a hole found in a particular device and somebody publishes some method online,” David Szpunar, vice president of technical services at PC Help Services in Indianapolis, told WTTV.

“You can make sure you have a strong wireless network password in case someone is nearby and wants to bypass your firewall completely,” added Szpunar. 

WTTV notes the one key thing which left the Denmans vulnerable.

The Denmans forgot to change the factory pre-set username and password that came on the camera. As a result, the hacker was able to access the camera with relative ease.

“The biggest advice I have for other parents is to change the username and password,” said Denman.

h/t: The Sun

Are your devices secure? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Trump Shuts Down Gun Grabbers Who Want More Gun Control After Va. Shooting

It didn’t take long for the gun control lobbyists, including the White House, to call for more gun control after two journalists were shot and killed on live TV Wednesday in Roanoke, Virginia.

“It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents,” President Obama said. “What we know is that, uhm, the number of people who die from, uhh, gun-related, uhh, incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.”

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump took a different route and suggested that more gun control wouldn’t have stopped the shooting.

“This is a really sick person. This isn’t a gun problem, this is a mental problem,” Trump said to CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “If you tried to do it, the bad guys would have them… and the good folks would abide by the law – they’d be hopeless, and it would just be hopeless situation for them.”

Mr. Trump later took note of Chicago’s strict gun laws and argued that even with tough legislation, Chicago has “people getting killed all the time.”

Trump: “And they have by far the toughest gun laws in the country, so it’s not just a question of the laws…”

Cuomo: “So..”

Trump: “It’s really the people.”

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